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Report: Bucks fire Kidd as coach; Giannis 'devastated'

theScore logo theScore 1/22/2018

Jason Kidd wearing a suit and tie © Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Sport / Getty The Milwaukee Bucks have fired head coach Jason Kidd, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Bucks assistant Joe Prunty will take over on an interim basis and will coach tonight against the Phoenix Suns, Wojnarowski adds.

Kidd hadn't been informed of the decision, which meant he found out through the media, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. Similarly, the news took Giannis Antetokounmpo by surprise as the franchise cornerstone was reportedly "devastated" by the news.

Bucks brass evidently felt Kidd was underachieving with the talent available to him. Milwaukee had their moments this season, most notably in an exhilarating win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at home, but they sit in eighth heading into Monday.

Kidd led the Bucks to a 139-152 record over four seasons after joining them following a successful stint in Brooklyn. Kidd was widely credited for the brilliant decision of encouraging Antetokounmpo to become a point guard.

However, Kidd's out-of-the-box defensive schemes and shaky rotations had become a constant source of frustration for Bucks fans.

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