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It’s official: Bucks fire Larry Drew as coach. GM Hammond issues statement.

Jun 30, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

Larry Drew

You know what makes your day? When your boss does something you disagree with, something that has a public relations backlash, something where you get to step in and finish up the details for him, then you get to step in the public spotlight and make a statement about it.

Welcome to Bucks GM John Hammond’s chair.

Buck’s co-owner Marc Lasry started talks to replace their existing, contracted coach Larry Drew with his buddy and Nets coach Jason Kidd — something Kidd tried to leverage into more money and power in Brooklyn but failed — without bothering to tell Hammond or Drew (both learned of it through media reports). When the deal got basically set Hammond had to clean up the details like negotiate the compensation (two second round picks).

Then Hammond got to fire Drew. The Bucks made that official Monday night and Hammond released this statement.

“Despite the challenging season, Larry always handled himself and represented the Bucks in a first-class manner. Larry did the best he could in a difficult situation, especially given all of our injuries. I want to thank Larry for all of his efforts, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

The Kidd hiring will be announced soon.

There will be a lot of pressure now on Kidd to grow and develop a nice young nucleus that includes Jabari Parker, John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Larry Sanders.

If it blows up, it speaks as much to Bucks ownership as it does Kidd.

  1. 2016olympics - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    “Buck’s co-owner Marc Lasry”

    Who is this “Buck” you speak of?

  2. titansbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Wow, just wow. Jabari Parker should demand a trade.

  3. campcouch - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    This will be forgotten in a month.

  4. patfic5 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Horrible team. Why they are even in the league, I have no idea. Hopefully, this comes back to bite them. And Jason Kidd….what a tool.

  5. dirtyjerseysports - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Hammond is on deck #NextToBeFired

  6. clevelandrox - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    get used to it jabari…lol

  7. djlexluger - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Larry Drew did the same thing to Mile Woodson in ATL.

  8. grantgoodman93 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Hammond is gonna let his job ride on a guy he didn’t even hire/put in place? I’d quit.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Can always fire him after 5 games like some other teams do…

  9. misterdreamer119 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    destroy 6 teams from the NBA. problem solved. Chic Hearns sais it 25 years ago.

  10. mvp43 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    If by some chance this all works out and Kidd can actually coach…….. this will be long forgotten. Welcome to big time sports with billonaire owners.

  11. boiler72 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    GO BUCKS!

  12. caeser12 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Dear Jason Kidd: You, Jim Jackson, Jamal Mashburn, and Quinn Buckner.

    It’s time you paid for that.

    After all of these years of protecting Kidd, the so-called sports opera, er, media, has finally started to talk about Kidd’s past backstabbings.

  13. muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Just look at Knight’s per 36 min avg last year and it will tell you clearly

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