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Bucks Fire Head Coach Adrian Griffin After 43 Games Despite 30-13 Record

Updated: Jan 24

In a stunning move that has shaken up the NBA world, the Milwaukee Bucks announced Tuesday afternoon that head coach Adrian Griffin has been fired. 43 games into the season, the Bucks currently have a 30-13 record, sitting second in the Eastern Conference as of Wednesday morning.

Griffin was hired by the Bucks last summer to replace Mike Budenholzer following the Bucks loss to Miami in the 1st Round of last year's playoffs.

"This was a difficult decision to make during the season," Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a press release. "We are working immediately toward hiring our next head coach. We thank Coach Griffin for his hard work and contributions to the team."

According to a report released Tuesday Night by CNN, the Bucks are close to hiring the biggest fraud coach in sports history, Doc Rivers. Doc has been working at ESPN as a broadcaster after getting fired by the 76ers last season.

As of Wednesday morning, Joe Prunty is still listed as Interim Head Coach.

There have been a few events this season that may have led up to this moment. First, back in the pre-season, Terry Stotts resigned from the Bucks coaching staff after an incident at shootaround in which Griffin yelled at him to join a coaching huddle rather than speak with Giannis and Dame. There was another incident in which Bobby Portis yelled at Griffin after the Bucks loss in the In-Season Tournament Semifinals.

It was reported Tuesday that several Bucks veterans lost faith in Griffin including Giannis.

There have been shorter coaching tenures in the NBA, however all those coaches had teams well below .500, like Jerry Tarkanian's 20-game stint in San Antonio and Bob Weiss' 30-game stretch with the Sonics. This situation mirrors former Cavs coach David Blatt, who reached the Finals in his first season in 2015 and was then fired 41 games into his second with a 30-11 record.

Thoughts and prayers to Bucks fans who now will lose in the 2nd round and most likely blow a 3-2 lead to a far inferior team. That is the Doc Rivers way.


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