Kidd coached the Bucks to two first-round exits and one 33-49 campaign in his three and a half years at the helm. The Bucks really should be among the best teams in their conference, yet they’re eighth in the East with an utterly middling 23-22 record. Kidd’s middle school-ass defensive scheme was a huge failure, and the Bucks allow the sixth-most points per 100 possessions in the league despite having a roster full of huge, athletic guys who should be capable of forming a dominant defense. Giannis Antetokounmpo has turned into one of the very best players in the game under Kidd’s tutelage, but it still hasn’t made the Bucks any less mediocre.
Kidd can blame youth all he wants, but it was clearly time for him to go.