Slumping Bucks fire coach Kidd after two playoff seasons

Sean Kilpatrick

Sean Kilpatrick

It was a surprising end to Kidd's three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made the playoffs twice.

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). Turnovers were an issue of late as well. With one of the best players in the league like Giannis in the fold, Milwaukee should be able to get a top-level coach this summer, or whenever they decide to fill the opening now being held in interim by Joe Prunty.

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

"I think a general manager in the National Hockey League had a statement once of, 'If something is inevitable, why wait?' " Horst said.

Jason Kidd's hunger for more power may have led to his departure from yet another team.

"I think Jason's done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization".

Five years into his post-playing career, Kidd is at a crossroads. "Why now? We believe this gives our team the best opportunity to have the most success this season".

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"Sometimes that requires change".

Horst made it clear Kidd's firing was performance-based, and it's easy to find cause there. "We the ownership are universal in support of that", he added. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans. And the team will get a boost when Jabari Parker, nearing a return from knee surgery, is back in the mix.

Asked to assess the problems with the Bucks, Prunty said, "Well, I think the bottom line is, we've talked about this as a staff, is that we have been consistently inconsistent". "I'll call the owners, I'll call my agent, '" Kidd said Antetokounmpo replied.

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

"[Kidd] wanted to do too much personnel decision making and they said Jason, stick to coaching, that's what you're here to do,".

The Milwaukee Bucks are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season.

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