February 18, 2018

Lacklustre Bucks fire coach Kidd in shake-up

24 January 2018, 02:08 | Frank Carlson

BREAKING: Bucks Fire Head Coach Jason Kidd

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In the summer of 2014, Milwaukee made Jason Kidd the most powerful figure in Bucks basketball operations.

With the Milwaukee Bucks underperforming compared to pre-season expectations, and the clock ticking on Giannis Antetokounmpo's time in their small market, the team fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday.

Though the Bucks boasts one of the NBA's brightest superstars in Giannis Antetokounmpo, the team has mostly underachieved for the past few seasons even after acquiring some respectable talent in players like Greg Monroe, Matthew dellavedova, and Michael Carter-Williams (we said respectable, we didn't say elite). Assistant coach Joe Prunty was serving as head coach.

"We made this decision relatively quickly", Horst said.

In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14.

The news of the firing broke Monday afternoon, hours before the team hosted the Phoenix Suns. "We the ownership are universal in support of that", he added.

"We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team", Horst said.

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The Bucks are off until Friday when they host the Brooklyn Nets.

The 2018 Hall of Fame nominee believes the firing was "handled wrong" but appreciated his time with the franchise.

Milwaukee is never going to be a natural free agent destination, so its avenues for getting one of the league's top five players are perpetually limited.

Antetokounmpo was intent on calling the owners directly, but Kidd insisted there was nothing he could do.

Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.

"I thought he did a great job, but it's a business".

Kidd said he told him, "There's nothing you can do".

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