Jason Kidd, one of the best players in Cal men’s basketball history, has been fired as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Milwaukee star and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo was among the first to know about the firing. Kidd discovered he was fired when Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before the firing was made official.
While Kidd earned himself a reputation as an elite coach in regards to player development, overseeing the growth of Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, among others, he was also the target of much criticism for overall questionable decision-making.
Despite having the aforementioned core of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Brogdon — with Parker having been out due to injury — the Bucks only managed a 23-22 record under Kidd’s leadership this season.
Milwaukee made the playoffs in 2015 and 2017 under Kidd, but each time, the team was bounced in the first round, by the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, respectively. Considering Antetokounmpo’s development into a bona fide top-10 player, the Bucks have severely underachieved.
Kidd’s shining achievement at Cal was leading the program to an upset over Duke in 1993, posting 11 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds to beat the Blue Devils. Kidd won National Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994.