Why Bucks fired Adrian Griffin and why Doc Rivers could be their next head coach

The Milwaukee Bucks' decision to remove first-year head coach Adrian Griffin on Tuesday was not made overnight.

It was the result of months of underwhelming play, with internal concerns growing about the severe decline of their once-elite defense,

 the flawed use of newcomer Damian Lillard alongside franchise centerpiece Giannis Antetokounmpo,

widespread fear that this group, which was widely expected to compete for a title, would fall short if Milwaukee stood pat.

After the In-Season Tournament in December, when the Bucks were defeated by the Indiana Pacers in Las Vegas and internal doubts about Griffin's

Ability to lead developed, there were clear signals that a change was on the way.

According to league insiders, Doc Rivers, who became an ESPN analyst after being fired by the Philadelphia 76ers last May

Began to serve as an informal counselor to Griffin at the request of the Bucks. One month later, 

many people briefed on the subject say Rivers is the serious candidate for the now-vacant office and the preferred option of key stakeholders.

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