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Bucks Coach Jason Kidd Signs $18 Million Extension

 

 

JasonKiddCoachBucks coach and former NBA superstar Jason Kidd signed a three year extension worth 18 million dollars. Kidd will make 5 million next year in the last year before this extension kicks in. The new extension will be in effect after the 2016-2017 season.

“At the end of the day, Jason is our coach,” co-owner Marc Lasry told reporters back in April. “… We think he’s done a great job. He’s our guy.”

Added co-owner Wes Edens: “Jason had real consideration and rightfully so to be coach of the year last year. We outperformed [expectations in 2014-15] … Jason is a young coach. We all have a lot of room to grow. We’re happy with all the progress that has been made in many areas. We’re not happy about 33 wins [this past season].”

 

Jason Kidd is 74-90 as a head coach for the Bucks, however the Owners and the fans love how their young players are developing and they are expecting a playoff run this upcoming season. Kidd began his coaching career in Brooklyn, where he helped lead the Nets to 44 wins and a second-round playoff appearance in 2013-14, his only season with the franchise.

Photo by: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd had a better NBA career than you might imagine. Kidd finished in the top five in four major offensive categories. He ranks fifth in 3 pointers with 1,988, he ranks third in triple doubles with 107, he also ranks second in both steals and assists with John Stockton leading both categories. He was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.

He then retired and moved on to a coaching career. Kidd has had a short but yet convincing coaching career. He is the third person since the ABA-NBA merger to debut as an NBA head coach the season after he retired as a player. On February 3, 2014, Kidd was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January. On April 1, 2014, he was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month a second time for March. He became the fourth coach overall to win both Player of the Month and Coach of the Month honors. He also became the second coach, after Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns, to win both honors with the same team.

On July 1, 2014, the Milwaukee Bucks secured Kidd’s coaching rights from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks were one of the biggest surprises of the 2014-15 season. Under Kidd’s guidance the young team improved from franchise-worst 15 wins in the previous season, finishing with a 41-41 record to advance to the playoffs as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee achieved that feat despite losing their 2nd draft pick overall Jabari Parker in December to a knee injury and trading star guard Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns in February. Kidd is the first coach in NBA history to lead two franchises to the playoffs in his first two years as a head coach. The 2015-16 season was less successful for Kidd, as the Bucks finished with a 33-49 record and did not qualify to the playoffs.

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