Bucks news: General manager Jon Horst says he has final decision—not Jason Kidd
When the Milwaukee Bucks hired Jon Horst to be their new general manager, a lot of questions emerged as to how their decision-making will be, and the extent of Jason Kidd’s influence being the experienced and savvy NBA mind that he is. With the new season starting in a few months, the 34-year-old executive, made it clear how they’ll run things within the organization.
Horst had a recent Q&A with Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, where he pointed out that he is the man-in-charge, and that he will have the final say on decisions the organization will have to make in the future.
NBA.com: With all due respect, people will be watching to see if you have the heft to say “no” to Jason Kidd or to the owners who are signing your paycheck. How you address those concerns?
JH: Obviously, ownership is ownership. Jason Kidd is our coach. They’re going to be involved in everything we do. But in taking this job, we talked about these things. Ultimately, I’ve been hired to run the basketball operations for the Milwaukee Bucks, to have the final say and to make the final decisions. I’m going to operate as such, and I have their support in doing that. The only way you can really set aside those concerns is by living it every day and watching the transactions unfold.
The young front office executive was formally introduced as the new GM back in June. He has been in the NBA since 2008 and for the past three years worked closely with John Hammond, when he was still in charge of the team. Now, Jon Horst will look to continue making good decisions for the Bucks, as they build on the momentum from last season where they made it all the way to the playoffs.
Although Horst said that he will ultimately be the one to make final decisions, Kidd is still expected to remain as a relevant voice within the organization. He does have more experience than Horst and knows the players more than any team executive they have.
If they can co-exist and work for what’s best for the Bucks, more success can certainly be reached by the young team who could emerge as a dark horse in the Eastern Conference starting next season.