The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd this week in a move that reportedly upset star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak out before Kidd did and offered to try to save his job but ultimately Kidd was let go. The Bucks felt they were underachieving with the coach and needed to go in a different direction.
Kidd’s record was 139-152 with Milwaukee in three-plus seasons with the team. Milwaukee made it to the playoffs last season and they lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors. In 2014-2015, the Bucks lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games in the first round.
Joe Prunty will serve as the Bucks interim coach. The Bucks won yesterday 109-105 against the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee’s record so far this season is 24-22 and they are the seventh seed in the east. With the young talent the Bucks have, management believes Milwaukee should be a top-four team in the Eastern Conference. They are 2.5 games back of the Miami Heat for the number four seed.
If the season ended now, the Bucks would face the Toronto Raptors (31-14) in the first round. When the season is over, Milwaukee will be one of the most attractive jobs in the NBA because of Antetokounmpo and other young, quality players.