Following their 101-95 victory in Phoenix against the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that head coach Jason Kidd will undergo hip surgery tomorrow and will be out indefinitely. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over for Kidd in his absence.
Kidd said that he'll know more regarding his timetable for a return after the surgery is complete, but said he hopes to be able to return to the team's office in roughly two weeks.
Kidd, 42, said the wear and tear on his body from his time with the Dallas Mavericks and 19 seasons in the NBA finally became too much for him to deal with recently.
"It's been a chronic (pain) for the last three to four years, since I was in Dallas the last time." Kidd said. "The pain has been to the point where I can't function. I've taken all of the medicine I can do.
"Some would say it's the 55,000 minutes that I tried to play," Kidd said. "A lot of wear and tear on my body. I've been blessed not to have too many surgeries. This is just one that has taken away from me being able to sleep and function."
Kidd said he's been taking shots for the pain but it hasn't produced positive results.
"I've taken enough of the cortisone shots that they don't work. We put it off as long as we could," Kidd said.
The Bucks' coaching staff is set for his absence. Prunty will lead the team and the offense, while assistant Sean Sweeney coaches the defense.
"I have every confidence in Joe to lead our team during my absence," said Kidd. "Joe has many years of coaching experience both in the NBA and in international competition. He's well-respected in the league and I know our players and coaches will give their all during Joe's time as head coach."
Prunty also served as head coach when Kidd was suspended for the Bucks' November 27 loss in Orlando, and he also filled in for Kidd for the first two games of the 13/14 season as well. The Bucks return home from a four-game road trip (1-3) this week and face the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.