It’s a happy Monday in Milwaukee as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bucks have fired head coach Jason Kidd and are going with Joe Prunty on an interim basis. The Bucks, a chic pick in recent years to take “the leap,” have underperformed again this season and are 23-22, which is barely good enough to own the eight seed.
Woj cites the team’s average record and “frayed relationships” as a couple of reasons for Kidd’s ouster.
You could also include poor rotations and general idiocy here — just last week Kidd told media his team isn’t that good because most of them aren’t 25 yet (via ClutchPoints):
“I think when you, you know, become 25 or, you know, in the 28 range, you tend to think about the game. We’re talking about kids, that are thinking about trying to put the ball in the basket. And, they all believe they can do it, and until we can think about being a team and making a play and being unselfish, you know, good things happen and we’ve seen it.”
While everyone in Milwaukee loves this move, it’s worth pointing out that Giannis Antetokounmpo is “devastated” according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Oh, and J-Kidd still hasn’t received word formally yet.
Kidd had a 139-152 record during his three-plus years with the Bucks and led the team to two first-round losses in 2014 and 2016.