NBA: Jason Kidd named new Milwaukee Bucks head coach
Last Updated: 01/07/14 7:01pm
Ailing NBA side the Milwaukee Bucks have named 10-time All-Star Jason Kidd as their new head coach after successfully negotiating a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
Larry Drew was sacked as Bucks boss on Monday after a dismal run of form and the Eastern Conference side have moved fast to secure Kidd’s services.
Milwaukee sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach.
Drew departed the Bucks while they were languishing at the bottom of the table with a 15-67 record, the worst in the league.
The move for 41-year-old Kidd, who enjoyed a highly successful 19-season NBA career playing as a point guard, is something of a coup for the Bucks.
"Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great team-mate," Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry said in a statement.
"We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him...to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years. We are excited Jason will call Milwaukee his new home."