Giannis Antetokounmpo volunteered to save Jason Kidd's job - 'I'll call the owners'

Randall Padilla
January 24, 2018

Jason Kidd is fired in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks All Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was willing to do anything in his power to help save Jason Kidd's coaching job.

The Bucks are 24-22 overall and now sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite a roster that includes one of the top young stars in the National Basketball Association in All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and recent trade acquisition Eric Bledsoe.

The Bucks organization added that assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over as head coach for the time being. The former Louisville coach reportedly is a "potential" candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks head coach position according to unnamed industry sources.

Last, a tease from our Stitcher Premium episode ranking coaches, which gives some great context on why Kidd was sacked. He left with a 139-152 record in 3-1/2 seasons. Giannis tried to be a leader and fight for Kidd's job, but that could have consequences in team chemistry and management.

Five years into his post-playing career, Kidd is at a crossroads. "But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that. We the ownership are universal in support of that", he added.

Kidd, an NBA champion as a player with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and a 10-time NBA All-Star pick, helped steer the Bucks to the playoffs in his first season in charge. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over.500 on December 9. "I'll call the owners, I'll call my agent, '" Kidd said Antetokounmpo replied.

"[Kidd] wanted to do too much personnel decision making and they said Jason, stick to coaching, that's what you're here to do,". It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.

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