Saturday, 23 June, 2018

How Giannis Antetokounmpo Tried To Save Jason Kidd's Job At Last Minute

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a 24-second violation during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday Jan. 17 2018 in Milwaukee Bucks Vs Suns Preview: Starting Lineups, TV Time, Injuries 01/22/2018
Kelvin Reese | 24 January, 2018, 14:05

The Bucks own a 23-22 record and are now No. 8 team in the Eastern Conference. All you can do is tell the truth.

Joe Prunty, one of Kidd's assistants, coached the team to a 109-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday and will remain in charge on an interim basis.

The Milwaukee Bucks firing head coach Jason Kidd might have been a move many saw coming.

The final numbers for Kidd: a 139-152 record, two playoff appearances and a final season that was spinning out of control.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Giannis Antetokounmpo was "devastated" to discover that Kidd had been relieved of his duties. "And so I think we've come to a conclusion that this was the best thing for the future of the franchise, and that this was the time".

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Despite not yet being told he was no longer the Bucks' coach, Kidd said he told Antetokounmpo he expected the franchise to take this course of action.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change", Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a news release Monday.

Five years into his post-playing career, Kidd is at a crossroads. The former player and fifth-year head coach, however, apparently felt something like this would happen sooner than later, telling his star player, "I had a feeling that was gonna take place".

As well as Antetokounmpo, they have an established point guard in Eric Bledsoe and the ever-improving Khris Middleton.

Antetokounmpo is signed through the 2020-21 season, but the Bucks already have the ninth-highest payroll in the league with more than $103 million in guaranteed salaries for 2018-19 and over $71 million guaranteed for 2019-20, per HoopsHype. Malcolm Brogdon won the National Basketball Association rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.

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