We interrupt the bevy of draft coverage for this important assistant coaching announcement, Sean Sweeney is apparently heading to join Dwane Casey in Detroit! This is according to a story from EuroHoops.
Sean Sweeney is leaving the Bucks for Detroit— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) June 21, 2018
| Eurohoops https://t.co/z0DaicD78m
The retention of Sweeney, Kidd’s defensive architect and oft-maligned assistant by Bucks fans, seemed a bit puzzling at the time it was announced. Mike Budenholzer presumably had his own ideas about the defensive scheme, player development etc. while Sweeney would be adapting to an entirely new coaching staff and style. This news comes after Marc Stein hinted at the fact last night Casey was going hard after Sweeney.
Detroit is making a hard push to hire Bucks assistant Sean Sweeney -- who has worked as closely with @Giannis_An34 as anyone in Milwaukee -- to join new Pistons coach Dwane Casey's staff, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 21, 2018
Sweeney’s close relationship with Giannis was noted throughout the hiring process, but we’ll never know if that was the true reason he was retained or if Bud saw something in him. If Detroit made such a concerted effort to nab him, it’s probably a sign he’s still relatively respected in NBA coaching circles. What role he’ll have in Detroit is unclear, but EuroHoops says it’s a “prominent” assistant coaching role.
With Sweeney’s departure, all traces of Kidd’s coaching tenure here have effectively been wiped from the Bucks’ coaching seats. No word yet on whether Giannis is distraught over the news, but something tells me he’ll be just fine. For a certain subset of Bucks fandom, this development only sweetens the joy of draft day.