Terry Stotts got the job he first sought two years ago.

The Bucks hired Stotts as their head coach yesterday after growing tired of waiting for leading candidate Flip Saunders, who is apparently keeping his sights on the Pistons' coaching job should Larry Brown leave Detroit.

The 47-year-old Stotts, whose deal includes three guaranteed years and club options for two more, replaces Terry Porter, the man who beat him out for the job two summers ago.

"If you'd asked me two years ago, I really did want the job, but it's so much sweeter this way, and I think it's a better situation," Stotts said. "I think the Bucks are getting a better coach now than they would have gotten two years ago. . . . The team is a better team."

Porter was unexpectedly fired June 22, just days before Milwaukee chose Andrew Bogut with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and six weeks after GM Larry Harris had declared Porter would return next season.

Harris said he wanted somebody with more experience coaching young players. Stotts actually has less head-coaching experience than Porter's two years. He coached the Hawks for 11/2 seasons after serving under George Karl as an assistant for nine years, including four in Milwaukee, from 1998 to 2002.

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