The Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd on Monday afternoon. Kidd was 139-152 through four seasons with the Bucks. The 2016-17 season was the only one in which Kidd had a winning record at 42-40.
In his four seasons, Kidd lead the Bucks to the playoffs only twice, once in the 2014-15 season and again in the 2016-17 season. In both instances, the Bucks lost in the first round to the Bulls and Raptors, respectively.
The Bucks are currently sitting at the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference at 23-22 after a two-game skid. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, this fact played a large part in Kidd’s firing, accompanied by decaying relationships within the organization. Wojnarowski also reports that assistant coach Joe Prunty will fill in as interim head coach tonight against the Suns.
“We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst in a team release. “We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships. Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best.”
There is plenty of talent in the starting lineup. The presence of All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, newly acquired Eric Bledsoe, former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, and soon again Jabari Parker make this position extremely desirable for head coach candidates. Names that have been mentioned already include David Fizdale, Monty Williams, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy.
Other updates on Monday:
Horst addressed the media later in the day, and these were the highlights from his media availability.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reached Kidd on Monday night, and he had some interesting things to add to the story.