Giannis Antetokounmpo Volunteered To Save Jason Kidd's Job

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The report also said that Kidd's lack of communication and playing mind games with some players also contributed to his ouster, which the Bucks first began thinking about last summer.

Therefore, Monday's firing of head coach Jason Kidd isn't really about Kidd or the short-term state of the Bucks.

The Bucks are 24-22 overall and now sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite a roster that includes one of the top young stars in the National Basketball Association in All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and recent trade acquisition Eric Bledsoe.

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.

Kidd, 44, spent his first season after retiring as a player as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, going 44-38 and getting to the second round of the playoffs in the 2013-14 season.

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"We made this decision relatively quickly", Horst said. Kidd was sacked hours before the Suns game.

In three and a half seasons, Kidd compiled a 139-152 regular season record and made the Playoffs in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. Giannis tried to be a leader and fight for Kidd's job, but that could have consequences in team chemistry and management. "Why now? We believe this gives our team the best opportunity to have the most success this season". Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group's support. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over.500 on December 9.

Kidd said the only thing Antetokounmpo could do was tell the truth, but the Greek Freak has yet to speak publicly since then.

"I thought he did a great job, but it's a business".

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.