Jason Kidd forced a coup with the Milwaukee Bucks that resulted in the dismissal of then incumbent Head Coach Larry Drew. The whole saga reflected poorly on Kidd, as his actions were extremely frowned upon in the NBA coaching fraternity. It also was a black eye for the Bucks organization, who gave us all the corporate spin you would expect when hiring someone with a past as checkered as Kidd’s.
But that’s the beer stein half-empty view of Milwaukee leadership upheaval. You can can also take the Milwaukee’s beer stein is half-full approach. Kidd does add a big brand name to a franchise desperately in need of relevancy and star power.
What about Larry Drew though? How’s he taking all of this?
Well, he finally broke his silence, just now.
The following statement was issued moments ago on behalf of Larry Drew by the team:
THANK YOU MILWAUKEE
“I would like to thank Senator Herb Kohl and John Hammond for giving me the opportunity to coach the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. Although my tenure was brief, it will forever be memorable.
“Thank you to all of the great Bucks fans for your love and support, you truly are some of the best fans in the NBA.
“My swift termination did come as a surprise to me, but I accept new owners Wesley Edens’ and Marc Lasry’s decision that they’ve made. I wish the entire Bucks organization and the great city of Milwaukee nothing but the best in the future.”
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