Milwaukee Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd; name Prunty as interim head coach

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday Jan. 17 2018 in Milwaukee

The Bucks were 139-152 under Kidd over four years and made the postseason twice.

Jason Kidd led the Bucks to a pair of playoff appearances in this three-plus seasons in Milwaukee.

Having missed Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo is scheduled to miss his second straight game as the Bucks continue to manage his knee pain.

San Antonio Spurs Vice President of Basketball Operations Monty Williams is believed to be one of the early favorites to nail the Milwaukee Bucks coaching job following the firing of Jason Kidd, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical and Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.

The Phoenix Suns will visit Milwaukee in the Bucks' 46th game of the season on Monday night, and with just one game separating the eighth placed Bucks and the ninth placed Pistons, Milwaukee has already reached the point in the season when it would be a really good idea to avoid unnecessary slip-ups.

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Surely, new Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst, who took over the position at age 34 from longtime GM John Hammond this past summer, will now be looking for a coach who is more confident in his or her ability to get through to a young Bucks squad that is expected to become a contender in the East.

As you can see above, the Bucks' Twitter page seems to be celebrating Kidd's dismissal, a humorous timing coincidence as he leaves the team.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have chose to make a coaching change", Bucks General Manager Jon Horst said in the statement.

Milwaukee is 8-12 since going a season-high five games over.500 on December 9.


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