UPDATE: Bucks Fire Stotts, Hire Krystkowiak

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have a new coach.

The team fired Terry Stotts after practice yesterday and than announced last night that assistant Larry Krystkowiak is taking over as his permanent replacement.

The team says Krystkowiak agreed to a multi-year deal to become new head coach.

His first game in full charge is tonight against the San Antonio Spurs at the Bradley Center.

The team dismissed Stotts after the Bucks have struggled to live up to expectations this season following injuries to four of the five projected starters.

General Manager Larry Harris says Stotts did the best he could in a difficult situation, but it's in the best interest of the team to make the change now.

The timing also might coincide with the status of Krystkowiak, who had been mentioned as a candidate for the open coaching job at the University of Utah.

Krystkowiak says he sees great potential in the young Bucks team, and he welcomes the chance to take over as coach.

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