Former Mavs great Jason Kidd has been fired as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Up to this point, the team has produced an underwhelming 23-22 record, and is clinging to the 8th and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Thanks to the rise of All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and the in-season acquisition of point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns, the Bucks were expected to climb in the East standings.
But entering Monday night’s home game against the Suns, Milwaukee had lost four of its last five games. Sources also told Wojnarowski that Bucks’ assistant Joe Prunty will serve as the team’s interim head coach.
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In Kidd’s first head coaching job, he led the Brooklyn Nets to a 44-38 record.
Not long after, he was hired as the Buck’ head coach. In Kidd’s 291 games with Milwaukee, he led the organization to 139 wins and 152 losses.
Kidd played for four different teams over the course of 19 seasons. From a statistical standpoint, his best seasons came as a member of the Phoenix Suns and the then-New Jersey Nets in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
It wasn’t until 2011 when he earned that elusive NBA title as a member of the Mavericks.
Kidd was actually drafted by Dallas in 1994 and was named to the 1996 Western Conference All-Star Team during his second season. On Dec. 27 1996, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns during his third season.
In 2008, the Nets traded Kidd back to the franchise that drafted him. And in 2011, he proved to be an integral part of the only Mavericks team to win an NBA title.