Bucks introduce Terry Porter as new coach

Updated: August 6, 2003, 5:37 PM ET

MILWAUKEE -- Terry Porter has been hired as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, general manager Larry Harris announced Wednesday.

Porter, 40, worked last season as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, his first season in coaching after a 17-year playing career.

He played in Portland, Minnesota, Miami and San Antonio.

"He's never been traded as a player, and I'll never trade him either," Harris said.

"He is a proven winner in the NBA who played the game with dignity, confidence and intensity, skills that will translate directly to the improvement of our team."

Porter met with Harris last month and returned for a second interview over the weekend with the team's owner, Sen. Herb Kohl, and vice president of business operations John Steinmiller.

"He's played under the greatest coaches to play this game. I can't say enough about the person, I can't say enough about the leadership," Harris said.

After starring at Milwaukee South Division High School and at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Porter was hoping to be drafted by the Bucks in 1985, but they bypassed him and he was selected by Portland instead.

"1985 was a tough year for me," he quipped Wednesday, but said he was happy to return home -- with a much bigger profile.

"This is a day that I've dreamed about and worked very hard for," Porter said. "For it to happen here in Milwaukee makes it that much more special."

Bucks coach George Karl was fired July 20 after posting a 205-173 record in five seasons in Milwaukee. The Bucks are paying him his $7 million contract for 2003-04 plus more than $1.5 million for his 1 percent slice of the team that Kohl gave him two years ago.

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