Up until now, we still don’t know the main reason behind Terry Stotts’ shocking decision to step down from his post as the Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant coach just days before the start of the regular season. According to reports, an altercation with head coach Adrian Griffin was what led to Stotts’ resignation, which obviously speaks volumes about the type of relationship these two coaches had.
More information has now surfaced regarding the controversial encounter, and it looks like there could be more to this than what’s on the surface.
RUMOR: Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Adrian Griffin ‘Cussed Out’ Terry Stotts
The said incident reportedly went down during one of Milwaukee’s practices in OKC ahead of their preseason contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. At one point, Griffin asked the coaches to huddle up. Stotts, on the other hand, decided to speak with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard instead, which supposedly did not sit well with Griffin.
When Griffin called Stotts over, the latter reportedly asked for more time with the team’s star players. It was at that point that the head coach supposedly started shouting at his assistant.
Speaking on a recent episode of The Mismatch podcast, NBA insider Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer revealed that it was more than just “yelling.” Apparently, Stotts got “cussed out” as well (h/t Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report).
If this is true, then it would make more sense as to why Stotts stepped down from his post in such an abrupt manner. Yelling between coaches could be considered commonplace in the league, but the use of profanity may have been what pushed Stotts over the edge.
Adrian Griffin Mum on Terry Stotts’ Decision
When asked to comment on his assistant’s sudden departure, Griffin said that it “caught all of us off guard.” He then went on to thank Stotts for his contributions to the squad, while also stating that he “learned a lot from [Stotts] in a very short time.”
However, Griffin refused to provide any comment as to why Stotts actually left:
“You’re going to have to ask Terry,” Griffin said. “He’s a great coach. I really enjoyed getting to know him. Terrific person. It was his decision. I just wish him the best.”
Whatever the case might be, the Bucks will now need to find themselves a new assistant coach.
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