Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd, name Prunty as interim head coach

Posted January 23, 2018

The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd in a surprise move on Monday.

Joe Prunty, one of Kidd's assistants, will coach the team in Monday night's game against the Phoenix Suns.

The somewhat unexpected move - which came on the 50th anniversary of the N.B.A. awarding a franchise to Milwaukee - leaves a team now in line for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference looking for a new coach who can get more out of a talent-laden roster led by Antetokounmpo. Giannis Antetokounmpo turned into an All-Star under his watch, and the Bucks were considered an emerging force in the East at the start of the season.

It was a surprising end to Kidd's three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee (23-22), when the Bucks made the playoffs twice. He was the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15, in which he built an incredible rapport with Anthony Davis, his lone star.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, which reportedly surprised Kidd and Antetokounmpo.

The Bucks probably had to fire Jason Kidd, and the social media team did something that they never could have imagined backfiring on them, and Twitter is enjoying something that comes at the expense of no one. But as the season wore on, the Bucks were frequently outplayed by inferior teams, and their opponents feasted on a diet of shots near the basket and from behind the three-point line - the two most profitable shots in basketball.

Kidd last week blamed the lack of results on a shortage of experience. And until it clicks that they need each other, then this is who we're going to be. "So, we've got a long ways to go".

And there are few more attractive jobs than Milwaukee, where Antetokounmpo is a generational talent improving in each of his first five seasons.

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