Samuel Dalembert was supposed to be the big man the Milwaukee Bucks so desperately needed.

In an attempt to at least partially fill the huge void left by center Andrew Bogut, who was traded to Golden State last March, the Bucks acquired Dalembert during the offseason from the Houston Rockets.

The Bucks sent three players — Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer and Shaun Livingston — along with the 12th pick (Jeremy Lamb) in the 2012 NBA draft to the Rockets for Dalembert, the 14th pick (John Henson) in the 2012 draft and a future second-round pick.

The 31-year-old Dalembert opened the season as the starting center and was a solid contributor, scoring 14 points on two occasions and 15 points on another in the first eight games.

But Dalembert quickly and inexplicably fell into former Bucks coach Scott Skiles' doghouse. Dalembert didn't play from Dec. 12 until Wednesday night — a stretch of 13 games — when new Bucks coach Jim Boylan played him two minutes against the Bulls in Chicago.

After the game, a delighted Dalembert could be heard singing, "Who Let the Dogs Out", an obvious reference to his situation.

In a one-on-one interview, Dalembert discussed at length his already long and trying season and how he fell from Skiles' graces.

Have you already noticed a difference with the change in head coaches?

SD: Most of the time when there are changes, they are for the best or for the worst. So far, it seems to be a better solution. We won two games in a row (and three of four after Boylan took over). Everybody is enthusiastic there was a change. At this point, I think it's working for the team.

It was pretty apparent you didn't have a good relationship with Skiles. Did Skiles call you after he was relieved of his duties like he apparently did with everyone else on the team?

SD: I haven't checked my answering machine yet, but whether I got it, yes or no, that's his prerogative. To me, in life, business is business. We're not in this business for friendship.