With the Milwaukee Bucks failing to meet expectations thus far in the 2017-18 season, the organization has relieved head coach Jason Kidd of his duties, ESPN is reporting. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over on an interim basis, beginning Monday night against the Phoenix Suns.
The Bucks (23-22) recently slid to eighth in the Eastern Conference, despite having a wealth of talent. In addition to MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, the team has reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and made a trade for point guard Eric Bledsoe. Khris Middleton is also one of the more valuable two-way wings in the league.
Prunty served alongside Kidd in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. By making the move, the Bucks could get a leg up in their coaching search–which is one of the more desirable jobs in the league. The Bucks will soon be moving into a new, state-of-the-art arena, and they have a budding roster.
In the coming weeks, the Bucks will also receive another acquisition: Jabari Parker. The former second-overall pick out of Duke has been sidelined due to an ACL injury he suffered last season, but his off the court work indicates he’s on the precipice of a return.
Milwaukee, which has lost four of its last five games, is one game ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the eighth seed. The Pistons are riding a five-game losing streak.
Based on the Bucks’ talent, they should still be a middle seed in the East playoffs when the season ends. The team’s next three games come against teams below .500.
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