Jason Kidd Being Stuck in his Ways Cost Him His Job
Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd in the middle of the afternoon on Monday. It’s something that was unexpected but beloved by most Bucks fans. After the season of #FireKidd, it actually happened. I wrote last week about how these three games could define Kidd’s season, and that’s what actually happened. Milwaukee continued to fall apart in the fourth quarter and look lost on offense down the stretch. Giannis Antetokounmpo needed to go off for 27-20 to beat Washington last Monday. Kidd consistently staying his ways of his basketball philosophy resulted in him getting let go by the team.
When Kidd came to Milwaukee, he had a calling card of defense. Yet he refused to change his blitzing attack when the league started to figure him out. The same mistakes kept happening to this Milwaukee team. Kidd never seemed to want to change his defense in the right direction. They never built a defense around Giannis, rather, he tried to make an NBA superstar, who has off-the-charts defensive skills adapt to his blitzing style. Eric Bledsoe is second in steals, yet, the team struggles against point guards from all numbers standpoint. Riddle me that, Batman. He never found ways to fix these things, and that’s one of the reasons, he is no longer the coach.
He couldn’t seem to figure out how to manage his bench. The obsession with Thon Maker, Matthew Dellavedova and other head scratching moves never really seemed to put the team in position to win especially in the fourth quarter. Kidd refusing to believe in Sterling Brown early on in the season made zero sense when you see how Brown brings a defensive element to the second unit. This was the only the second time all season Maker played less than 10 minutes. That’s how it should be. When Marshall Plumlee comes on the team and provides the type of impact the team has needed since Greg Monroe left, it’s a glaring indication of Kidd’s lack of coaching.
Even though he stalled this franchise out in the last few months, Kidd took this job when not many wanted to join the Bucks, and he helped Antetokounmpo find his position in today’s NBA. I have to give him credit for that, yet that’s where it ends.