The Milwaukee Bucks started to show some promise last season. After taking the Raptors to the brink of elimination, there was growth that was expected from this team. They were young, talented and just gotten some playoff experience. At their best, some even thought they may be a factor in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Well, things unfortunately have not gone as well as the Bucks and their fans thought it was going to go. They are currently fighting to even make the playoffs and have look a little disjointed this season. They would play well for a stretch and then disappear for others. The result of that has been wondering what is going to happen within their organization to try and rectify this issue. Would thy trade someone else (already traded for Eric Bledsoe this season) or would they make some changes to the front office or coaching staff? Well, we finally got our answer from the Milwaukee Bucks organization.
On Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks decided it was time to move in a different direction with their coaching staff. The Bucks, shockingly to some, have decided to let go of Jason Kidd as their head coach. The future Hall Of Fame player turned coach was with his second team and seemed to be having them headed in the right direction until this year. But with rumors of frayed relationships within the organization along with the performance of the team, it was only right that he was targeted to take the fall for the team. Kidd now is free to move on and focus on either a new coaching job down the line or what he’s going to say at his Hall Of Fame induction ceremony coming soon. Now that Kidd is gone and the Bucks are moving forward, there has to be some reflection as to what was the issue in Milwaukee. To be honest, part of the issue was Kidd. Looking at what he had, they had a style that did not seem to fit them. They would run at times, but they did not seem to run enough. With as much length as they have, this team should be more in the passing lanes and getting out on the fast break even more.
Kidd had his issues in terms of how he handled this team and he could have done better, but there is an issue with how the roster is constructed as well. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA, but he has no jump shot. When that is the case with your best player, you would think there would be shooters around him to make him even better. Well, taking a look at the roster, there are not any consistent three-point shooters for the Bucks. Khris Middleton is more of a mid range shooter than a three-point shooter, Tony Snell has been inconsistent shooting the three and let’s not get into the shooting of Matthew Dellavedova. The team cannot spread the floor consistently for Giannis to do work. Now despite that hindrance, Giannis has done very well this year, but imagine if he had some shooting around him. Along with the shooting issues, the other issue is the center position. It seems like they have not been able to find a solution at that position. Thon Maker and Jon Henson have been the most recent candidates there and neither can give you consistency on either end of the court. The Bucks failed to address that issue this off season and then that ended up falling on Kidd and his coaching to find the solution, which he was not able to find. So for as much as some fans of the team as well as analysts may want to blame Kidd for this mess, management definitely has to own some of the blame as well.
While Kidd has been jettisoned, the Bucks are far from figuring out their issues. Bad signings, bad drafts, non-development of players and playing style have all had their hand in how the Bucks have overwhelmed. Unfortunately, it will take time for the Bucks to figure these issues out and that time could extend to next season. We all know the affinity Giannis had for Kidd and how much he wanted him to stay (even offering to go to management to state his case for Kidd to stay), so what will be even more interesting to see is how Giannis handles Kidd not being there. After all, he is the star player and whoever they decide to bring in may want to understand that he is the main attraction of this team and views himself as the leader of this team also. Kidd made the Bucks relevant again, but unfortunately with production increases, there were raised expectations. Kidd may have given them a jump start on the rebuild, but the organization felt it was time to move forward and Kidd wasn’t the right man for that mission.
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