Milwaukee Bucks fire head coach Jason Kidd

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a 24-second violation during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday Jan. 17 2018 in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks officially fired Jason Kidd on Monday afternoon, and if you didn't know better, you might think that the official team Twitter account was celebrating it.

Assistant coach Joe Prunty will serve as Milwaukee's interim coach.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change", Bucks General Manager Jon Horst said in a statement released by the team. The Bucks now own a 23-22 record, just a game up on the Detroit Pistons for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference - well below expectations, given Giannis Antetokounmpo's emergence as an All-Star starter and MVP candidate.

After stumbling to a 23-22 record, Bucks management apparently determined that the problem with their underperforming team was Kidd.

Antetokounmpo, who developed into one of the NBA's top players under Kidd's leadership, was reportedly "devastated" by the news of Kidd's ouster.

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The Bucks' coaching gig, National Basketball Association writer Matt Moore noted on Twitter, is an intoxicating position, thanks to the 23-year-old phenom Antetokounmpo. In the era of sterile social media accounts that are terrified of tweeting something that might make people mad - shoutout to the Kings and Hawks, always bucking the trend - it seems highly unlikely that they actually released balloons onto their page in celebration.

Kidd was 139-152 over three-plus seasons with Milwaukee. The Bucks were considered an emerging force in the East at the start of the season. The Nets reacquired their own 2015 second-round pick, which they used in a deal to get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's rights, and also picked up Milwaukee's 2019 second-rounder.

Kidd last week blamed the lack of results on a shortage of experience.

But the Bucks have lost four of five going into Monday and had been prone to defensive lapses especially on the perimeter.

Milwaukee is 8-12 since going a season-high five games over.500 on December 9.

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