Giannis Antetokounmpo called Jason Kidd before firing

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A promising 15-10 start was followed by a ragged 8-12 stretch, with the Bucks entering Monday's victory against Phoenix losers of four out of five, tumbling to the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change", Horst said.

The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on without Jason Kidd, but one of the NBA's premier performers was not pleased to hear this news. That's the judgment that was made by Jon Horst. (Maybe George Karl gets in there one day.) Antetokounmpo's happiness with this Bucks franchise, and the team doing whatever it takes to build a team around him that can compete for championships, needs to be Milwaukee's mission statement. Kidd went 139-152 during his 3.5 year tenure at Milwaukee.

ESPN broke the news that Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd had been fired before the team informed him, according to multiple reports.




Kidd is a 2018 nominee for the Basketball Hall of Fame after a 19-season playing career in the NBA. This was a private phone call between a player and a coach and it should have been kept private. Joe Prunty was named interim coach for Monday night's game. But the abrupt end in Brooklyn coupled with the midseason firing in Milwaukee will likely mean a cooling off period before another gig.

"We made this decision relatively quickly", Horst said. "But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that". Meanwhile, we expect fewer fireworks in IN and Milwaukee. Early names mentioned have been former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams and recently fired Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale.

Whoever takes over will inherit an enviable situation, this season and beyond.

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