The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to fire head coach Jason Kidd after 3 plus seasons with the team.
The announcement came down Monday afternoon following a disappointing start to the 2017- 18 season.
The team is currently eighth in the Eastern Conference with just 22-22 after going 42-40 last season.
General manager Jon Horst released a statement on the team’s official website, however, some sources reported that Kidd was not told of his firing.
“We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships. Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best.”
Kidd joined the Bucks in 2014 and has helped them make two playoff appearances but finished with a 139-152 record for his 3 1/2 seasons.
Joe Prunty is set to take over as interim coach and will coach tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Prunty has never held the full-time head coach position, however, he has served as head coach for 17 games including games where Kidd was out due to hip surgery and for the birth of his daughter.