There’s finally buzz surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks, and for a struggling franchise that is incredibly valuable. Just days following the selection of Jabari Parker in the 2014 NBA Draft, the new ownership blindsided head coach Larry Drew and traded for the coaching rights of Jason Kidd.
The new Bucks owners are already looking to shake things up as they take over a team that has suffered through nearly a decade of mediocrity. Top free agents haven’t even considered Milwaukee as a landing spot, and the players they have picked up often want to leave for somewhere more glamorous. Lets’ face it; Milwaukee hasn’t had much excitement since Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, it’s been a while.
Two second-round picks aren’t much of a loss either, as the Bucks just brought in three players from the draft in addition to their overloaded roster of youth. Those picks were very expendable. The ability to lure in free agents is a far more valuable asset for Milwaukee.
After just a year with the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd had enough. They didn’t value his opinion as much as he would have liked, and the franchise was never headed in a great direction. He took over an old team, albeit with great players, but there was only so much he could do. Kidd got them to 44 wins and a trip to the second round of the playoffs, which for a first-time coach and that roster is pretty impressive. The Nets’ window to succeed with their current team is very small, so getting out now could be a great move for Kidd.
Milwaukee, on the other hand, is far from the critics of New York, and they boast a team full of talented young players, including the second-overall pick from the draft. Kidd will be thrilled to take over this roster after what he had to work with in Brooklyn. It presents a challenge, but he will certainly have more say on personnel than he did for the Nets.
It’s a risky move putting this young team and Parker’s future in his hands, but it’s a chance they have to take. Milwaukee had to make a big change to get out of the rut their franchise has been in, and this could very well be it. If nothing else, the owners have given the fans reason to be excited for the 2014 season after their latest group of acquisitions.