Giannis left devastated as Bucks dump Jason Kidd
The Milwaukee Bucks are in search of a new head coach after parting ways with Jason Kidd; a development which doesn’t sit right with Antetokounmpo...
Giannis Antetokounmpo is no stranger to adversity. He has faced plenty of it in both his personal and professional life -- even before he was drafted by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
On Monday, Antetokounmpo was slapped with some more adversity as the Bucks announced their decision to part ways with head coach Jason Kidd.
The decision was leaked on Twitter by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, which came as quite a surprise to the NBA world -- including Kidd.
In fact, Antetokounmpo broke the news to Kidd via a phone call roughly 15 minutes before the team officially notified Kidd that he was out of a job.
In a discussion with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Kidd revealed his phone conversation with Antetokounmpo and how the Greek international offered to help save Kidd’s job.
"He called me and said, 'Coach, this isn't right what they're about to do, but (they) are gonna let you go,' " Kidd said.
Kidd says he told Antetokounmpo that "I had a feeling that was gonna take place."
To which Antetokounmpo replied: "What can I do? I'll call the owners, I'll call my agent."
Kidd said he told him, "There's nothing you can do. All you can do is tell the truth. That's it."
Kidd said he concluded the call by thanking Antetokounmpo for his loyalty and that he was "thankful to be able to coach him and help him become the player he is today. And I know when our paths cross again, he'll be much better."
Kidd, a former player-turned-coach, revealed that he found out about his sacking roughly 15 minutes later when he met with general manager Jon Horst and team president Peter Feigin at a pizza restaurant.
The Bucks revealed that assistant coach Joe Prunty would coach the team on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. During a pre-game interview, co-owner Wes Edens revealed that Prunty will serve as an interim coach for the rest of the season.
While Giannis is a true professional and will continue to strive for greatness with the Bucks, a team and a city he truly loves, one cannot help but speculate about Antetokounmpo’s future with the organization.
The waves Antetokounmpo has made in the league haven’t gone unnoticed, as demonstrated by his Most Improved Player nod last season. Despite signing a long-term deal which sees him in Milwaukee until the summer of 2021, there was already talk about a need for the Bucks to “cash in” on the Greek Freak’s value in order to build a long-term winner in Wisconsin.
With this latest development, there might be more fuel to the fire should the Bucks continue to displease one of the league’s most dynamic players.
Antetokounmpo demonstrated his desire to focus on helping the Bucks reach their goals as an organization, and he has repeatedly said he wants to in Milwaukee; however, with moves like the firing of Kidd, perhaps the Bucks will further alienate their superstar -- a situation that could bode well for fans of the Greek National Team.