Novak, who played high school basketball at Brown Deer before going on to be a double-digit scorer in three of his four seasons with the Golden Eagles, was twice a teammate of Kidd’s—with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11 and again with the New York Knicks in Kidd’s final season as a player, 2012-13.
“He’s exciting to have in Milwaukee,” Novak said. “I also can’t think of the last time the Milwaukee Bucks were in the national news with the moves they’ve made and who they’re becoming.
“To me, it’s awesome, it’s exciting that they’ve got Jabari Parker and Jason Kidd is the new coach. I think Milwaukee has a little bit of sexy to it and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”
Kidd was officially introduced at a press conference at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday.
Novak initially posted his thoughts on the hire via Twitter and got, shall we say … a mixed reaction.
Here’s his initial tweet:
— STEVE NOVAK (@stevenovak16) June 30, 2014
Here’s a response that was less than cordial:
— Hehe (@JSD3V) June 30, 2014
And one that was less critical:
— Taylor (@Taylor_TV_) June 30, 2014
Trust me when I say there was more of the former than the latter.
People have a point. The hiring process had a certain unpleasant odor to it. The new ownership says it’s learned things from this experience. In any event, it’s done. Move on.
Novak, 31, is now an eight-year NBA veteran who spent last season with the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10 minutes per game, shooting .411/.426/1.000. His best seasons were the two years he spent with the Knicks, when he averaged 7.5 points per game and led the NBA in 3-point shooting with a 47.2 percent mark in 2011-12.