The Milwaukee Bucks have shaken up basketball headlines with the announcement that the team has parted ways with head coach Jason Kidd. They will have assistant Joe Prunty out to run the team on an interim basis starting Monday night, January 22, against the Phoenix Suns.
“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 statement that he issued to the press after the firing. “We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships.”
The news comes following a skid that saw the team lose four of its past five games and slip to eighth place with a 23-22 record in the Eastern Conference. Kidd walks away from the organization in the very year that his name has come up on the ballot of 2018 nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Aside from having been a 10-time All-Star during his 19-year NBA career, Kidd has enjoyed a relative degree of success as a coach in the league, although the coaching numbers wouldn’t be in the same H.O.F. conversation as his player stats are.