MILWAUKEE – There’s nothing glamorous about a Tuesday night in November spent in Sacramento or a snowy February Thursday in Cleveland, so one of the delights for NBA players held prisoner to the schedule is finding their alma mater’s basketball game on TV while holed up in a road hotel.

Even better, perhaps, is finding a younger sibling’s game – on a night he stars and knocks off an undefeated, highly ranked team, then gets mobbed by students rushing the court.

A coaching change might have been what the Milwaukee Bucks needed to get back on track.

They should have a good chance to remain undefeated under interim coach Jim Boylan when they try for a fourth straight home victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Milwaukee (18-16) was on a season-high four-game skid when the team and coach Scott Skiles mutually decided to part ways Monday. Boylan, a longtime NBA assistant, will coach the team at least through the rest of the season.

The Pistons wrapped up Camp Frank on Thursday – the last of their four straight days off, the longest stretch of a season that saw them set the pace for games played until now. Even at that, only five other NBA teams have played more than the 36 games the Pistons have logged and only San Antonio, which has played 38, by more than one additional game.

Not long after the Pistons drafted Andre Drummond, I remember talking to George David, assistant general manager for the Pistons. And I told George that I’d heard what Joe D said about Andre on draft night – that all reports were this was a very bright kid, not just a physically gifted player.

Here’s the flip side of being the NBA’s busiest team for two months: four days off between games in January. For coaches, it was a chance to step back and view the season – what’s transpired and what’s ahead – from a new perspective. For players, it was a few days of rest and recovery before plunging back into the deep end.

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