Report: Bucks fire head coach Jason Kidd
The Milwaukee Bucks have fired their head coach Jason Kidd, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over as interim coach, according to the report. He will coach the Bucks against the Phoenix Suns tonight. Kidd hasn’t been officially informed of his firing as of this moment.
According to a second report by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who rose to stardom under Kidd’s system, is devastated with the news. The Bucks reportedly made the move after the team dropped into the eighth seed in the East, along with “frayed relationships in organization and general non-alignment, per Wojnarowski.
ESPN’s Ryen Russillo hinted at this being the result of a strained relationship with the team’s next biggest star, Jabari Parker, who wasn’t speaking with Kidd and is bound to make his return from season-ending ACL surgery.
The Bucks coaching job is expected to be the best available for free agent coaches, mostly due to the star power and strong composition around Antetokounmpo.
Kidd has had a losing record ever since stepping into the coaching role in Milwaukee, going 41-41 in his first season, followed by a 33-49 mark on 2015-16 and a 42-40 record last season, the only winning season of his short-lived career with the Bucks. The 44-year-old managed only a 23-22 record this season, only one game ahead of the struggling Detroit Pistons, hanging on for dear life in a more competitive Eastern Conference.
The once-hailed point guard had his best season as coach during his rookie season with the Brooklyn Nets, winning 44 games.