Rumor: Khris Middleton blowup with Bucks coaches ‘wasn’t pretty’
Khris Middleton was a late scratch for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to personal reasons, but he played Friday against the Golden State Warriors. The swingman finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes while shooting 4-of-14 from the field in the Bucks’ 105-95 home loss to Golden State.
It isn't uncommon for pro athletes to have heated confrontations with their coaches. Sometimes the issue is resolved quickly; other times it lingers and can be problematic. Multiple sources say the recent Khris Middleton/Bucks coaches blowups wasn't pretty.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) December 7, 2018
Last Saturday against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Middleton was benched by Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer for a lack of effort on the defensive end. Middleton only played 18 minutes. Budenholzer and Middleton reportedly met about the benching in private.
In 23 games this season, Middleton is averaging 18.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The 27-year-old is shooting 43.7 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Middleton has a player option worth $13 million for next season. If he declines it, the small forward will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Bucks are having a good season in Budenholzer’s first year as coach. Milwaukee is 16-8, second place in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully, the reported dispute Middleton had with the coaches is in the past now and the team can move forward.