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Bucks fired Jason Kidd; Joe Prunty will be interim coach

The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd, the team announced.
Assistant manager Joe Prunty will train the team Monday night against the Phoenix Suns and will be named interim coach, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.
“We appreciate everything Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a change of coach,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. “We believe that a new approach and change in leadership is needed to continue to elevate our talented team to the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships.”

“Jason led a historic change during his first season and led our team to two playoff appearances, he also played a significant role in helping keep the Bucks in Milwaukee, we thank him for all his contributions and wish him well.”

Despite a talented roster featuring the stellar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the recent acquisition of change, Eric Bledsoe, the Bucks are 23-22 and are currently the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee has lost four of its last five games to start Monday’s home game against Phoenix.
Kidd had a 139-152 overall record as the Bucks coach, leading the team to playoff appearances in his first season (2014-15) and in 2016-17. Kidd, who also coached the Nets for a season in 2013-14, has a career record of 183-190.
Kidd is a 2018 nominee for the Basketball Hall of Fame after a 19-year NBA career in which he won the Rookie of the Year award (1994-95, shared with Grant Hill) and went 10 times to the Game of Stars

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