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The Post-Jason Kidd Era: A New Hope?

Following Milwaukee’s win, players addressed the firing of Jason Kidd in the locker room

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If you haven’t heard the news that Jason Kidd has been fired, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Following last night’s 109-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the players discussed their thoughts on the coaching change to us in the locker room.

This post will just be a thread of transcriptions, along with some observations from myself.

NOTE: Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t talk with the media. Don’t think of this as a strike or anything outrageous like that. His absence was anticipated since he sat out last night’s game.

Jason Terry was the first player to talk to the media. As you might expect, he was filled with leadership and passion:

Khris Middleton also spoke to us, but didn’t have too much to say:

Malcolm Brogdon started his postgame availability while I was still getting quotes from Jet, so here’s what I was able to get from the reigning Rookie of the Year (who finished with a career-high 32 point performance). It was pretty cliche, but I’ll provide it nonetheless:

Those were the only three players who addressed the media. While the team seemed shocked and surprised, it never really felt as if there was a dismal feeling in the air. Obviously, they expressed gratitude for Kidd and what he did in his time here, but there was never a “Woah, we’re in a total downspiral now” vibe. I think it was just the initial and natural reaction of a coach being relieved of his duties mid-season. They were blindsided by it. Perfectly understandable.

Now, we advance into the post-Jason Kidd era. Is this a new hope? Regardless, the #FireKidd train has officially skidded to a halt over on Bucks Twitter. That hashtag has officially etched it’s place in Milwaukee Bucks history. We’re advancing into uncharted territory. Strap yourselves in, folks. It’s going to be a fun ride.