Jason Kidd’s Time In Milwaukee Should Be Over
In mid-November, I remember sitting on my couch writing with the same kind of anger that Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy should be fired. That turned out to be one of my worst takes of 2016. It happens, and I find myself feeling differently about Jason Kidd. Bucks Head Coach needs to be given his walking papers on Monday, the team is in a downward spiral and something has to change in order to save this season. Bucks can no longer go on with Kidd as their head coach.
In a weird, twisted way, Bucks could be on a four-game winning streak. Toronto might be a shaky one to convince a non-believer, but Bucks had one bad quarter in each game. Philadelphia, it was the second quarter, and for Toronto and Boston, it was the first quarter. If not for one lapse, Bucks outplayed Philly and Boston. To me, that’s a coaching error and not a team error. Kidd still doesn’t know his starting lineup and over 50 percent of the games have been played already. Now, some of that is who John Hammond gives him, but if Kidd is a good coach, you figure those things out, right?
Kidd’s affair with Matthew Dellavedova in late game situations has to end. If he can make one concession to save his job, it’s that Delly isn’t on the court late-game. I don’t care who replaces him. It could be Malcolm Brogdon or Jason fucking Terry for that matter, just it ensures that Giannis Antetokounmpo is handling the basketball and not Dellavedova. If Kidd tells management, he’ll cool it on Delly’s minutes, that might save his job. I’m also not convinced Delly will be a Buck past the trade deadline. There’s still a lot left on his contract, but all of the contenders know what he can do with a star-led roster. Bucks never expected Brogdon to be this good, this fast, and Dellavedova is an obvious roadblock.
Bucks are basically the same record they were last season. 2015, they were 20-27, and this year, they are 21-26. Funny enough, they had a very similar schedule with three West Coast road games, and they lost the two games (In this case, three) beforehand. Bucks would lose all three and be 20-30 thinking about the lottery, and not the playoffs. The same could happen to this team if they fall apart versus Utah, Denver and Phoenix. So it’s the perfect time to get rid of Kidd and look ahead to a new beginning to save the season.
Even if Kidd holds on to his job, it’s evident that he’s the Mark Jackson of this relationship, and Bucks need to go out and find their Steve Kerr to take things to the next level.