Jason Kidd Threw Giannis Antetokounmpo Under the Bus

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, a private conversation took place between former Bucks coach Jason Kidd and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kidd has made part of this conversation public.

Jason Kidd may be fired, but the drama is apparently just getting started.  The evening of the firing, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that Kidd talked to ESPN and made a private conversation with Giannis Antetokounmpo public.  

According to Shelburne, a very credible NBA reporter, Giannis had called Kidd and tried to save his job.  This goes hand in hand with the report from ESPN's Chris Haynes that Giannis was "devastated" when he heard the news that Kidd was about to be fired.  

The only reason Kidd made this conversation public is to save his own behind.  This conversation saves what little reputation he has left as an NBA head coach.  He wants to be perceived as a player's coach (which to his credit, he is), but in doing so he hung Giannis out to dry.  This was a private phone call between a player and a coach and it should have been kept private.  This could cause issues in the locker room and front office.  Giannis tried to be a leader and fight for Kidd's job, but that could have consequences in team chemistry and management.  The front office may come down hard on him and tell him it's not his place to decide who gets fired and who stays.  Players who didn't like Kidd or have big egos might not like Giannis trying to save the job of a man who has hindered the team's progress the past 2 seasons. 

It's unlikely that any Cleveland Cavaliersesque drama will come from this, mainly because the Bucks have great team chemistry already.

However, this just shows what type of coach and person Jason Kidd was and is.  He was willing to throw a player, one who trusted and admired him, under the bus just so he could look a little bit better when he tries looking for a new job in the NBA.  Unfortunately for Kidd, it won't work because the Association has seen how he coaches.  His defensive schemes forget that passing exists, his inbounds plays are chaotic at best, his rotations make absolutely no sense, and he seems more interested in scratching his beard, and walking around the sideline than he does actually coaching a basketball team.  Going to ESPN is a last-ditch effort to save his reputation.  All I can say is: "Good riddance." 

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