When Joe Prunty was installed as the Milwaukee Bucks’ interim head coach following the dismissal of Jason Kidd, it appeared as if he would only be a stopgap solution. That might not be the case, however.
The Bucks have announced that Prunty will remain the coach for the rest of the season, giving him a substantial opportunity to audition for a job–be it in Milwaukee or elsewhere.
Prunty was Kidd’s lead assistant in both Brooklyn and Milwaukee. The Bucks’ underachievement led to Kidd’s ouster, but Prunty is getting a chance to prove himself in the meantime.
“We believe that Joe is the right person to lead our team and help us achieve our goals,” said general manager Jon Horst.
“Joe and his staff will be evaluated and considered as part of our widespread off-season search for our next head coach,” Horst added.
Prunty has been a long-time NBA assistant. Now in his 22nd year in the league, Prunty has only served as the head coach of the Great Britain’s men’s national team. He will work alongside assistants Greg Foster, Sean Sweeney, Stacey Augmon, Josh Broghamer, and Vin Baker.
During his time in Brooklyn, Sweeney was considered a future coach himself one day.
After a win over the Phoenix Suns, the Bucks return to the court Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to return to the lineup after missing two games to rest a sore knee.
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