There’s no doubt that Jason Kidd is one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game.
The 6’4 guard played in the NBA for 19 years, and in that span, was named a 10-time All-Star, a 6-time All-NBA team member, a 9-time All-Defensive team member, won the 2011 NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks, and is second on the all-time assists leaders list.
Despite everything he achieved during his playing days however, that sort of success hasn’t followed Kidd into his coaching career.
Kidd has never won more than 44 games in a season through 5 years of NBA-level coaching, despite all the talent he’s had at his disposal. At the moment, the Milwaukee Bucks currently sit at 16-13 in the East, and with the way Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing this season, their win count should be much higher.
Many don’t have a clue as to why Kidd can’t make things work in Milwaukee, even with the roster they’ve formed over the past couple of years, but after the Bucks’ close win over the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week, many fans now understand why Milwaukee is underachieving.
With the Bucks up 3 points with 1.4 seconds on the clock, and Khris Middleton having just hit his first of two free throws, you would expect Middleton — who is shooting almost 90% from the line this season — would hit the final shot, putting the Bucks up four and denying the Cavs — who had no timeouts left — a chance at victory. But coach Kidd decided to take a different approach to winning the game.
So instead of putting your team up 4 with virtually no time left, you would rather miss the free throw that would put the game out of reach and give the Cavs a possibility of hitting a game-tying half-court heave because you’re scared of one of the most unlikely plays in all of basketball?
“We’ll take the bet of someone missing it from the other side of the floor. Being a gambler… understanding if we did make the free throw..our luck…they get it inbounds to half-court and we foul the 3-point shooter and it’s a 4-point play. So we’ll take our chances with them heaving a full court shot.”
All the Bucks would have had to do if Middleton did hit the final free throw was to go and sit on the opposite end of the court if Kidd was that scared of fouling on the half-court attempt.
Bucks’ fans have slowly growing more and more impatient with Kidd’s coaching of their beloved team, and now it’s clear to see why.