Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Bucks Fire Head Coach Jason Kidd

Bucks Fire Head Coach Jason Kidd

Bay Area legend Jason Kidd was surprisingly fired Monday as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach following a midseason slump that left the talented squad in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will be interim head coach, and the opening is expected to be one of the most attractive jobs in the National Basketball Association this offseason.

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up MVP numbers this season, but Milwaukee was struggled to maintain consistency and now sits at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference with a 23-22 record. They have lost four of five going into Monday night's home game against Phoenix.

On Monday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the Bucks fired their coach.

Wojnarowski also points to deeper trouble in terms of internal relationships as a driving factor in the decision.

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Kidd has served as the Bucks head coach since 2014. Following a failed attempt at leveraging his way into a position with greater personnel influence with the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd landed in Milwaukee as the head coaching job was pulled from under Larry Drew.

Kidd, 44, was in his fourth season with the Bucks and had helped turn Milwaukee from a 15-win team into a playoff team two times.

Jason Kidd, who most likely remember as a Hall of Fame-level player, started his coaching career with the Nets before strong-arming that franchise so he could join the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo turned into an all-star under his watch. And it appears that this has become quite the mess as Kidd hasn't even been officially informed.

Kidd ends his three-plus years in Milwaukee with a 139-152 record.

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