Bucks Find Sudden Success Under New Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Some Milwaukee Bucks fans had seen enough from former coach Terry Stotts, but the man who replaced Stotts believes his former boss didn't deserve all the criticism.

Larry Krystkowiak stuck up for Stotts today, shaking his head at the harsh treatment the coach received from some fans after a season filled with injuries to key players.

Krystkowiak called the heckling of Stotts, quote, "pretty brutal," and said that he couldn't imagine having to deal with that when the team was so shorthanded because of injuries.

But so far, Krystkowiak hasn't given fans a reason to boo.

Krystkowiak was promoted after Stotts was fired last Wednesday, and the Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs in Krystkowiak's debut last Thursday.

They followed it up with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.

And despite a 25-41 record going into their home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, they're still a playoff contender in a remarkably weak Eastern Conference.

The Bucks are only six games out of the final playoff spot with 16 games left to play.

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