NBA Twitter is on fire once again and the Milwaukee Bucks are to blame.
Head Coach Jason Kidd was fired hours before Monday night’s game after leading the Bucks to a 23-22 record through the first 45 games of the season. The Bucks had some expectations with the trade for Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s rise this year but after barely being .500 halfway through the season, Bucks GM Jon Horst knew it was time for a change.
“I evaluated this, I made a recommendation and ultimately made a decision that had unanimous support from ownership. That’s the way we come to all of our conclusions and decisions,” Horst said. But the need for change might have only been management’s opinion because Antetokounmpo was so satisfied with Coach Kidd that he tried to save his job.
Kidd says that the Greek Freak called him about 15 minutes before he was officially fired and offered to help him save his job.
“He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,'” Kidd told ESPN. To which Antetokounmpo responded, “‘What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.”
“There’s nothing you can do. All you can do is tell the truth. That’s it,” Kidd answered.
Kidd added that he thanked the 23 year old for his loyalty and that he was “thankful to be able to coach him and help him become the player he is today. And I know when our paths cross again, he’ll be much better.”
The NBA legend believes that the firing was handled wrong but was still grateful for getting a chance to coach the Bucks.
“I enjoyed my time in Milwaukee. There’s no regrets. We took an organization that was in a bad place and shined a light on it. They’re still young in running their race. Giannis is young in running his new race, as one of the best players in the world.”
Sources close to Bucks point guard, Jabari Parker have revealed that he has a strained relationship with Kidd. Parker was supposed to be the cornerstone of the Bucks when he was drafted with the second pick back in 2014 but a nagging ACL tear has made working him into the rotation tough.
Assistant Coach Joe Prunty led the Bucks to a 109-105 win over the Phoenix Suns Monday night and will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.