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Milwaukee Bucks Dismiss Kidd After Recent Slide

July 16 2018, 02:14 | Van Peters

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Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up MVP numbers this season, but Milwaukee was struggled to maintain consistency and now sits at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference with a 23-22 record.

News of the firing got out before Kidd was informed by the team, according to an ESPN report. Williams has been known to be a player's coach; the same trait that is needed after the rupture of trust between star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and the organization.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Assistant coach Jeff Prunty will serve as interim head coach and will coach tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns. Among a hard relationship with forward Jabari Parker, battles with the front office over player moves and the team dipping to eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings heading into Monday's game, the Bucks decided the time was right to make a change.

Milwaukee sent Brooklyn two second-round picks in exchange for letting Kidd out of the final two years of his coaching deal.

But the Bucks have lost four of five going into Monday and had been prone to defensive lapses especially on the perimeter.

General manager Jon Horst, who was promoted from director of basketball operations in June, said it was time for a change and the move was made with "unanimous support of ownership".

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