In a seemingly out-of-nowhere act of change, the Milwaukee Bucks have decided to part ways with head coach Jason Kidd, who served with the team for almost four seasons.
Kidd was 139-152 overall as the Bucks’ coach, leading the team to playoff appearances in his first season with the team (2014-15) and in 2016-17. And while the Bucks have had Giannis to lean on for the past couple of years, the rest of their roster has been rather bare when it comes to All-Star talent.
So why fire him? The front-office must’ve held as if Kidd has either underperformed, or what he was losing his voice in the locker room.
Whatever the case, it’s clear that not everybody is on board with the decision, including the superstar himself, Giannis Antetokoumpo, who apparently offered to help Kidd save his job during a conversation that happened 15 minutes before the official firing.
“He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but (they) are gonna let you go,’ ” Kidd revealed to ESPN.
Kidd says he told Antetokounmpo that “I had a feeling that was gonna take place.”
And, in response, The Greek Freak offered to make a few phone-calls on Jason’s behalf:
“What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.”
That phone call coupled with reports of Giannis being “devastated,” likely spell bad news for Milwaukee, who was making strides before seemingly hitting a wall, posing a mediocre record of 23-22 for the season. Assistant Joe Prunt will serve as the interim head coach until a new one is named.
But with so much on the line, we have to ask: was firing Kidd the right move, or will it be part of the reason for their eventual collapse?