The Milwaukee Bucks have fired Jason Kidd.
The Milwaukee Bucks have fired Jason Kidd.

Impatient Milwaukee Bucks fire NBA legend

JASON Kidd has been fired as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kidd was given his marching orders from a job he had held since 2014. Milwaukee had designs on being a playoff force this season, with Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming an MVP contender and having made a mid-season trade for Drew Bledsoe, yet have slipped down the Eastern Conference seedings with a 23-22 record.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organisation, but we have decided to make a coaching change," Bucks GM Jon Horst said in a statement.

"We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships."

Under Kidd, the Bucks had a regular-season record of 139-152 and reached the first round of the NBA playoffs in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. The story of his firing was broken by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski:

Kidd had borne most of the blame for the Bucks' underwhelming performances and has now paid the ultimate price. He leaves behind two Australian players on the Bucks roster: Young centre Thon Maker, drafted with pick No.10 under Kidd, and veteran point guard Matthew Dellavedova, signed as a free agent under Kidd.

While Milwaukee may bide its time, at least one other highly-regarded coach is available: Recently-fired Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who was ousted amid a personality clash with star big man Marc Gasol.

Kidd's short tenure in Milwaukee follows a stint as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. As a player, Kidd was an NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks, a 10-time All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, a five-time NBA assists leader and also a dual Olympic gold medallist.