After coaching the Bucks to a 23-22 record this season, the Bucks decided they needed to move in a different direction, so they have fired head coach Jason Kidd.
The Bucks have relieved Jason Kidd of Head Coaching Duties https://t.co/36b0UR0O6y
The team said the following in a statement:
“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. “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.”
It’s obvious that management grew frustrated with the direction of the team, especially after acquiring guard Eric Bledsoe this past November. The Bucks make the highlight reels nightly with rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo, yet they always seem to hover at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race and never rise into serious playoff contender status.
Since taking over the reigns as head coach in 2014, Kidd amassed a record of 139-152, including two first-round playoff exit in the ’14-’15 and ’16-’17 seasons.
Apparently, Kidd wasn’t alerted to the fact that he had been fired when the news was broken by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarwoski but it doesn’t matter as Kidd is out and the Bucks turn to assistant coach Joe Prunty to right the ship.