Bucks Fire Coach Jim Boylan After First-Round NBA Playoff Exit

The Milwaukee Bucks have fired coach Jim Boylan, three days after the team’s season ended by losing four straight games to the Miami Heat in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Boylan had a 22-28 record with Milwaukee after being promoted from top assistant to replace Scott Skiles as coach on Jan. 8. Bucks General Manager John Hammond said the decision not to offer Boylan a new contract was made after a meeting today at the team’s training center in St. Francis, Wisconsin.

“It’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” Hammond said in a statement.

Boylan, 58, spent the past four seasons with the Bucks after finishing the final 56 games of the 2007-08 season as interim coach for the Chicago Bulls.

Milwaukee went 38-44 this season and was the only one of the NBA’s 16 playoff teams without a winning record. The Bucks were one of two teams swept in the opening round, losing to the defending-champion Heat by an average margin of 14.8 points.

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