July 22, 2014

Bucks will introduce Kidd as new coach today

The Milwaukee Bucks officially named Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach on Tuesday.  They’ll introduce him to Milwaukee at a 11:30am news conferenced at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this morning.

The Bucks signed Kidd after the Brooklyn Nets agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for two second round draft picks in the 2015 and 2019 NBA Drafts.  Kidd will become the 14th head coach in the history of the Bucks franchise.

“Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate,” said Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  “We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him work alongside John (Hammond) and David (Morway) to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years.  We are excited that Jason will call Milwaukee his new home.”

The 41-year-old Kidd most recently served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets where he led the team toa  44-38 record and a sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.  The Nets upset the three-seed Toronto Raptors in seven games in the opening round, then fell to Miami in round 2.