The Milwaukee Bucks have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to officially introduce the team’s new coach. Jason Kidd.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that the news conference had been scheduled.
The official announcement will complete a turbulent week that led to Kidd leaving his post as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks shipping second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019 to Brooklyn as compensation for hiring Kidd and incumbent coach Larry Drew being fired Monday after not being informed his job was being offered to another coach.
Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens reportedly met with Kidd in New York Monday, shortly after Kidd was rebuffed in his efforts to gain more personnel control within the Nets organization.
Original reports of the link between Kidd and the Bucks indicated Kidd was pursuing a front office role as president of basketball operations, but he is coming Milwaukee strictly as the head coach, with general manager John Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway retaining their posts.
In a press release, Edens and Lasry were quoted as saying:
“Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate. We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him work alongside John and David to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years. We are excited that Jason will call Milwaukee his new home.”
First off, I’ve never been comfortable with the two people being quoted as saying one thing … thing. Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but it just conjures up images of Jedi mind tricks (“This is the coach we were looking for. Move along.”)
Kidd spent just one season as coach in Brooklyn, going 44-38 and advancing to the conference semifinals, where the Nets were eliminated by the Miami Heat in five games.
His hiring in Brooklyn came after a 19-year playing career with four teams—including two stints with the Dallas Mavericks, as well as playing for the Phoenix Suns, the then-New Jersey Nets and a final year with the New York Knicks.
He is second all-time in assists and steals behind John Stockton and no guard in NBA history had more rebounds than Kidd, who is also third on the all-time list with 107 career triple-doubles.