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Bucks nab Skiles for head coach post

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Scott Skiles signed a four-year, $18 million contract Tuesday to become the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The team introduced its fourth coach in five years, after firing Larry Krystkowiak five days ago.

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Bucks' General Manager John Hammonds snapped up the 44-year-old Skiles before other teams could get him.

He has just over seven years of NBA coaching experience in Phoenix and Chicago - and he played for a decade on five teams, starting in Milwaukee in 1986.

Skiles says the Bucks have had a profound impact on his career, saying his rookie team was head and shoulders above some he played on.

Skiles coached the Suns and Bulls to five playoff appearances and Hammonds said he was looking for that kind of experience.

He said the contract was fair.

It's similar to what Flip Saunders got three years ago at Hammonds' former team in Detroit. Skiles says he'll do his best to shore up a Milwaukee defense that was among the worst in the league last year.

He says his teams have defended very well in the past.

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