Rick Carlisle at a ‘loss for words’ after news of Jason Kidd’s firing
In the wake of the firing of the Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, the entire team has been thrown into a confused frenzy. No one knows who is going to be Milwaukee’s next head coach, and no one really knows for certain why Jason Kidd was fired in the first place. Of course, this incident must have some type of effect on the Bucks’ locker room, so the firing will have some implications down the road. In fact, Rick Carlisle recently heard about Kidd’s departure and he wasn’t too pleased. He was even at a “loss for words”, according to Earl K. Sneed.
Rick Carlisle calls the firing of Jason Kidd “very surprising.” Carlisle says he was at a loss for words when he heard the news.
Carlisle and Kidd are close to each other with the latter spending four seasons playing for the Carlisle-coached Dallas Mavericks from 2008 to 2012, a stretch that included an NBA title win in 2011.
Rick Carlisle is the president of the NBA’s Coaches Association. He has been very vocal about the issues among coaches in the NBA in the past, especially when ESPN published LaVar Ball’s diatribe towards Luke Walton, the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Via the Star Telegram, Carlisle loudly discussed how ESPN broke the trust of NBA coaches across the league with their persistent coverage of LaVar Ball.
ESPN is a partner, an NBA partner and they’ve been a great one. But part of that partnership is that…the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things. And in exchange for that they should back up the coaches. Printing an article where the father of an NBA player has an opinion that is printed as anything legitimate erodes trust.
While Carlisle is a vocal individual, he will most likely stay out of the Kidd’s firing by the Bucks. However, if any sort of “foul play” has been found, expect Carlisle to make his displeasure known.