Jason Kidd Ready for New Job in Milwaukee
(NEW YORK) — Jason Kidd is moving on from last season with the Brooklyn Nets. The Milwaukee Bucks introduced Kidd on Wednesday and Kidd did not mention the team once during his press conference.
“This is business. I think [Nets general manager] Billy [King] said it best,” Kidd said with a grin. “It’s business, and that’s what it comes down to.”
“When you’re a player, you’re gonna be criticized. And as a coach, you’re gonna be criticized even more because it’s about wins and losses,” Kidd continued. “And so for me it’s being able to get better as a coach.”
“I’m still a young coach and I’ve still got a lot to learn about coaching and I want to surround myself with guys like [Bucks GM] John [Hammond] and [owners] Wes [Edens] and Marc [Lasry] and be able to learn from them,” he added. “I’m excited about this opportunity. Today is all about Milwaukee and I’ll be criticized about why [Ersan] Ilyasova didn’t take the game-winning shot. It just comes with the territory and we move forward.”
Kidd also said he’s looking forward to teaching a young roster, which includes Jabari Parker.
“It’s not about the market. It’s about being able to teach, and I have a great opportunity in Milwaukee with a young roster. Our goal is to become a championship team, and having this opportunity with Milwaukee, I’m very excited about it,” Kidd said. “I’ve played in small markets, I’ve played in big markets, basketball is inside the arena. It doesn’t recognize what market you’re in. It’s about wins and losses. That’s the way I approach it.”
Kidd was traded to the Bucks after requesting the right to speak with other teams. The deal is worth $15 million for three years, according to ESPN.com.
The Nets received two second round draft picks for him. The team also retired Kidd’s No. 5 jersey this past season.
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