- Milwaukee sits in second place at 30-13 in the East behind the 34-10 Celtics
- Joe Prunty is the interim coach, but the job could ultimately go to Doc Rivers
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The Milwaukee Bucks have parted ways with first-year head coach Adrian Griffin, according to ESPN.
Remarkably, Milwaukee sits in second place at 30-13 in the East behind the 34-10 Boston Celtics.
Griffin was hired to replace Mike Budenholzer, who guided Milwaukee to a title at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over on an interim basis. Prunty previously served as head coach of the Great Britain men’s national basketball team from June 2013 until September 2017. He’s also won three NBA titles as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich.
However, Prunty’s time as interim coach could be brief. According to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, Milwaukee is already considering ESPN announcer Doc Rivers, a long-time NBA star and head coach who played his college ball in the city at Marquette.
The Bucks have replaced Adrian Griffin (left) with Joe Prunty (right) on an interim basis
The Milwaukee Bucks could hire Doc Rivers (left), who played collegiately at Marquette
With just 43 games, Griffin’s tenure is the third-shortest in NBA history for a head coach.
The Bucks are obviously facing championship expectations in in Milwaukee following the off-season trade that brought in perennial All-Star Damian Lillard.
Milwaukee has been strong in a number of offensive areas this season, ranking third in field-goal percentage, for instance.
However, the defense has been underwhelming, allowing opponents to make 44.8 percent of their field goals – worse than all but three NBA teams.