Would you want to be fired at Pizza Hut?
We don’t know the exact location in Milwaukee where Jason Kidd was fired by Bucks General Manager and team president but it was a Pizza restaurant, as reported by ESPN.
There is a distinction for many between Pizza joint and a restaurant make no mistake about it.
You might imagine at a full fledged Pizza restaurant Kidd, general manager Jon Horst, and Bucks team president Peter Feign order diet cokes and pepperoni sticks before breaking the news, that hey we just fired you. Does Kidd stay for the Pizza?
Or at a pizza joint. Horst has already ordered slices for himself and his boss and when Kidd shows up they tell him the news while Kidd is trying to decide between supreme or sausage in line.
Or maybe they get a table and slowly break the news as soft drinks and salads are served.
All those scenarios would be interesting if it weren’t for the fact that Kidd already knew he was getting fired.
Before Jason Kidd was told of the news by his bosses, it was let out, Woj of ESPN got the scoop. Sometime after that, Kidd’s best player Giannis Antetokounmpo, and possibly one of the best players in the game, called Kidd one the phone and wanted to know if there was anything that could be done.
Kidd long in the tooth in NBA years, in his fifth season as a head coach, told the Greek Freak, nope, that’s just the way it was, and just let the truth be told.
It’s quite possible Kidd was the kind of coach they bring in to get them to a spot of growth, but won’t get to see them into the promise land. Those kind of coaches and are fried and hired in the NBA all the time. Ask Mark Jackson. It’s not the coach who gets them started but whoever gets them to the top of the mountain.
So now Milwaukee will go find their Steve Kerr.
It probably won’t be Jeff Van Gundy, but they’ll once again be trying to find a young smart head coach who can relate to players, coach in the 21st century and of course win.
The logic behind the Bucks move is not hard to figure out.
It’s not that hard right now to get to the 4th or 5th seed in the East. Cleveland is struggling big time. Boston is great, but the East is wide open. Let’s go out and get the east with the Antetokounmpo who is 2nd in the NBA in scoring, averaging a double-double at 28.2 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. Antetokounmpo’s scoring average trails James Harden at 31.4 points per game, but Antetokounmpo’s field goal percentage is way better, at 54% compared to 44% by Harden. By those numbers alone, the Bucks have the best offensive player in the game and should sit at the eighth spot in the East. Granted though, the Greek Freak needs some help.
To Jason Kidd’s credit he hasn’t had his best lineup on the floor. The Bucks have been without Jabari Parker due to an ongoing knee injury. Eric Bledsoe was brought to Milwaukee from Phoenix after the start of the season. But they have had Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton who has been playing very well.
The bottom line is that they didn’t believe Kidd would take them there, as confirmed by Bucks general manager Jon Horst Monday:
“You have short windows in the NBA to build towards contention and actually contend and we didn’t want to waste time in putting our team in the best position to do that,” Horst said, according to USA TODAY.
“… A general manager in the NHL had a statement once, ‘If something’s inevitable, why wait?’ and so I think we’d come to the conclusion that this was the best thing for the future of the franchise.”
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