Despite winning record, Jason Kidd fired by Bucks

Posted January 24, 2018

Someone else will have to help them become champions.

On the heels of a Jason Kidd firing from the helm of the Milwaukee Bucks, the organization will now be aggressive coming into this trade deadline.

The 44-year-old future Hall of Famer had been the National Basketball Association team's head coach since 2014 but after posting an impressive 41-41 record in his first year at the helm, the team's had struggled with mediocrity in the following years constantly flirting with.500 season records. That may have played a part in Antetokounmpo telling Kidd, "this isn't right, what they're about to do".

Yet the Bucks are hovering around.500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Turnovers were an issue of late as well.

For Horst, there wasn't enough progress for Kidd to keep his job.

"It's not all on one person".

Middleton had 35 points, while Brogdon ended with 32. "We have to do our job night in and night out". I feel so bad for Kidd in this situation.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have chose to make a coaching change", Horst said.

"We made this decision relatively quickly", Horst said. "We the ownership are universal in support of that", he added.

He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. He dropped 30 and 43 points in the two games before this dud, so look for some positive regression on Wednesday when the Suns square off on the road with the Indiana Pacers.

Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November.

Milwaukee is never going to be a natural free agent destination, so its avenues for getting one of the league's top five players are perpetually limited. The superstar forward made significant production strides over the past four seasons, beginning the Kidd run averaging 12.7 points per game - as a 20-year-old - to posting scoring averages of 16.9 (2015-16), 22.9 (2016-17) and now 28.2.

Pitino posted a 102-146 record with the Celtics as the coach and team president before resigning during the 2000-01 season.

The Milwaukee Bucks are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season.