MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Bucks' season ended amid rumors that coach Scott Skiles was seeking a buyout from the final year of his contract, but Skiles did Tuesday what he wasn't ready to do in his season-ending press conference: quash speculation that he wouldn't return for 2012-13.
"We want to hit the ground running, Skiles told Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, confirming his return in a telephone interview.
Skiles, 48, has coached Milwaukee to a 146-166 record and one playoff appearance in his four years with the Bucks. This year's team finished 31-35 and out of the postseason for a second straight year, but Milwaukee was 12-11 including a 9-4 stretch -- after acquiring shooting guard Monta Ellis at the trading deadline.
The Bucks will enter next fall with the high-scoring backcourt of Ellis and point guard Brandon Jennings together for a full training camp and season, and the goal will again be to make the playoffs for the first time sinc...