MILWAUKEE – Bucks coach Scott Skiles said he learned more when he was a rookie in Milwaukee than he did in any other season when he played in the NBA. That was Sidney Moncrief’s team, and now the former teammates are together again on Skiles’ coaching staff.
“Sidney was the leader of that group. It felt like the right time,” Skiles said Monday. “Obviously, he’s had NBA experience as a player, he’s had NBA experience as a coach. He’s been around our team, knows some of the things we do. It was just a good fit right now.”
Moncrief, 53. was hired as an assistant in a move widely expected for weeks. Moncrief was an NBA assistant with Dallas (2000-03) and Golden State (2007-09).
“Milwaukee was one of the very few places I wanted to coach, first of all. And I only want to coach for people I respect as coaches, and Scott Skiles certainly has those credentials,” Moncrief said. “I’ve always worked for myself and if I worked for anyone, I’d have to like them and like the city. Milwaukee certainly fits those criteria.”
The five-time NBA All-Star played for 10 years in Milwaukee after becoming the fifth overall pick in the 1979 draft.