New Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd wants to set aside any notions that being in Milwaukee is a consolation prize for him.
Kidd penned a letter that was released by the Bucks’ official Twitter account on Sunday:
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 5, 2014
“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be. Over my 20 years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.
“With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Kidd signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Bucks.
Kidd coached the Brooklyn Nets for one year, compiling a 44-38 record—after a 10-21 start—and leading the Nets to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
But last week, Kidd reportedly approached Nets ownership about having final say in personnel decisions.
The request was denied and Kidd’s agent then reached out to the ownership in Milwaukee.
The Bucks are coming off a franchise-worst 15-67 season under former coach Larry Drew, whose tenure in Milwaukee lasted just one season, even though he wasn’t fired until after the deal to acquire negotiating rights with Kidd has been struck.