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News » BUCKS NOTES Forward seeking stability

BUCKS NOTES Forward seeking stability

BUCKS NOTES  Forward seeking stability By TOM ENLUND

St. Francis - New coach? New system?

That's certainly nothing new for forward Hakim Warrick of the Milwaukee Bucks .

After experiencing a revolving door on the coach's office during the first four years of his NBA career in Memphis, Warrick signed with coach Scott Skiles' Bucks as a free agent in July. Warrick is now playing under the fifth coach - or sixth, depending on how you count - since he entered the league in 2005.

So it's easy to understand why the 6-foot-9 Warrick is looking for a bit of coaching stability.

Warrick, in fact, had to stop and think for a moment when asked how many coaches he had played for in Memphis.

"I started with (Mike) Fratello, then we had (Tony) Barone, and then (Marc) Iavaroni. . . and if you wanted (to count him), we had Johnny Davis for a game or two. And Lionel (Hollins). So that would be five in four years."

Hollins started last season as an assistant to Skiles but took the Grizzlies' coaching job in January.

Warrick said it wasn't easy playing for that many coaches in that period of time.

"It's tough," he said. "They tried to keep it the same (system), but everyone comes in and they've got their own philosophy and so it's tough. You get a different philosophy and with all the changing of players as well. I had a lot of different teammates.

"It was tough, but I think it helped me as a player to focus and play through it."

After Warrick played four years at Syracuse, Memphis made him the 19th pick of the 2005 draft.

Warrick's versatility was one of the reasons the Bucks sought him as a free agent. He has been a reserve for much of his pro career and has the ability to score off the bench, but he may also start some games for the Bucks . He can play either forward position.

He got a good jump on learning the system when he spent most of September in town taking part in informal workouts with his new teammates.

Down in front: NBA players have been warned, out of respect to the fans in the expensive seats behind them, they are to refrain from standing for long periods of time during games. The league has issued a memo to its teams informing them that referees will be keeping a closer eye on the situation.

Skiles doesn't think the edict will be a big deal.

"I understand it," he said after practice Tuesday. "The highest-dollar seats are the ones right behind the bench in the first two or three rows. I don't think they're going to make a big deal about some sort of instinctual reaction, if the players jump up after a dunk or something as long as they go back down. Some teams just stand over there for a lot of minutes. So I understand it."

The new ruling may have be aimed at the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose bench players stood a lot last season. The Boston Celtics' bench players did much the same during the 2007-'08 season.

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