Jason Kidd is no longer the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and the news of his firing made waves around the NBA on Monday afternoon. While there are justified criticisms of Kidd as a tactician (especially on the defensive end), it was certainly a surprise to see the head coach of a playoff-bound team sent packing in January. Apparently, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken back by the move.
First, word broke from Chris Haynes of ESPN that the All-Star forward was “devastated” by the move and, later, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN brought word that Antetokounmpo actually approached Kidd via phone right before he was canned and offered to help save his position on the bench.
However, Kidd appeared resigned to his fate, indicating that there was nothing that his superstar could do the stop the inevitable.
It seems quite clear, though, that Kidd and Antetokounmpo had a kinship and the now-former head coach expressed that accordingly.
While Antetokounmpo was likely not alone in his sentiment, it should be noted that buzz exists that fellow standout forward Jabari Parker and Kidd were not on speaking terms prior to the firing taking place. Still, it is definitely unusual for a team’s No. 1 option (and a clear one in the case of Antetokounmpo) to lack veto power in a situation like this and that is doubly the case for an in-season firing without the stench of real failure on the horizon.
Jason Kidd won’t be coming back to Milwaukee but, if it was up to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the decision to part ways with the Hall of Fame guard never would have happened.