Report: Bucks to name Terry Porter new coach

Updated: August 5, 2003, 6:51 PM ET

MILWAUKEE - Terry Porter, who starred at Wisconsin-Stevens Point before a 17-year NBA career, reportedly will be named Milwaukee Bucks coach on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, citing unnamed sources, reported on its website Tuesday that Porter is the choice to replace George Karl, who was fired July 20.

"It would be great for me to come back to Milwaukee," Porter told the newspaper.

Porter, 40, has just one year of professional coaching experience after spending last season as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. He had a second interview Sunday with Bucks owner Herb Kohl and vice president of basketball operations John Steinmiller, the Journal-Sentinel said.

Porter was taken by Portland with the 24th overall pick in the 1985 draft and spent his first 10 seasons with the Trail Blazers. He also played with Minnesota, Miami and San Antonio, appearing in two NBA Finals before retiring following the 2001-02 season.

The highest-paid coach in the NBA, Karl was fired last month as the Bucks continued overhauling a team that nearly reached the NBA Finals two years ago.

Karl spent five seasons in Milwaukee and guided the Bucks to Game Seven of the 2001 Eastern Conference finals. But the team missed the postseason in 2002 and was eliminated in the first round of this year's playoffs by the New Jersey Nets.

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