The Bucks Have Fired Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd, a controversial figure in Milwaukee for the past 2 years, has been relieved of his duties effective immediately.

Jason Kidd has been fired by the Milwaukee Bucks effective immediately. Joe Prunty is the interim head coach against the Suns tonight, but that's all we're hearing from the Bucks.

Kidd was praised for his role in the development of rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo.  He was the first to experiment with him at the point guard position, making him a modern-day Magic Johnson.  Kidd also received credit for Malcolm Brogdon winning Rookie of the Year as well as the development of Thon Maker.

Kidd led the Bucks to their first winning season since 2010 last season (42-40) and 2 playoff appearances (2015, 2017) that both resulted in first round exits.

Much of the criticism of Kidd is related to his actual coaching. He can be seen simply scratching his chin or holding his face instead of barking commands to the players.  His defensive schemes are brutal and ignore the concept of the pass completely.  His inbounds plays seem either cluttered or just entirely nonsensical and he makes questionable rotation decisions.  

The firing is almost surprising.  Reports suggested that Jason Kidd was well-liked by owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry.  Many fans called for his firing last year or earlier this year to no avail.  Now those fans have their wish.  The Bucks have yet to name a "long-term" interim head coach.  As of right now, there are no candidates, and it is possible that they will wait until the summer to find a decent replacement for Kidd. 

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Giannis Antetokounmpo was "devastated."  Kidd played a role in Giannis' development as a player, and for the young superstar, his firing is a harsh lesson of NBA reality.  This is a business and if you don't perform, you stand to lose your job.  This Bucks team will now have to try and keep their playoff hopes alive in the midst of this developing story.

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