Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd had nothing but praise for the Milwaukee Bucks, commenting on their NBA championship run last year.
Milwaukee made the playoffs twice in Kidd’s tenure as a head coach before he was fired on Jan. 22, 2018, with a record of 23-22.
Now, the former Mavs’ guard is serving the team as its head coach, replacing Rick Carlisle, who joined the Indiana Pacers, after parting ways with Dallas.
Kidd claimed he helped the Bucks build a serious foundation with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, who were the leading superstars in the Milwaukee’s championship run last year.
(via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
“Being here for those four years were incredible because when I came here it was the laughingstock, right — they only won (15) games — and we helped build a foundation here with Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and Khris (Middleton),” Kidd said on his tenure in Milwaukee.
“It’s a beautiful thing when you get to see someone early in their career and see who they are. And for them to finally get to the top, it was just a matter of time. Last year was the season they fulfilled their dreams. And again, I’ve said it before, Giannis is going to try to do it again. I would never count him out,” Kidd continued.
In just over three seasons at the helm, Kidd went 139-152 with the Bucks and 4-8 in the postseason. Giannis started his ascension in the NBA stardom by winning the 2016 MIP award, while Khris Middleton showed his potential becoming a perennial star player.