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SBD/July 1, 2014/Franchises
Bucks' Owners Called Into Question For Handling Of Jason Kidd Coaching Situation
Published July 1, 2014
OFF THE MARC? CBSSPORTS.com's Gregg Doyel wrote under the header, "Kidd Deal Shows Bucks' Lasry As Worst Kind Of Owner -- The Meddling Kind." Doyel: "This new owner of yours, this Marc Lasry character -- he has my eyes rolling." For Lasry, it is "more than embarrassing." It is "informative." Doyel: "This one move, this deal to land serial jerk Jason Kidd when the team already had a coach and a general manager -- neither of whom had any idea this flirtation was happening -- tells us what we need to know about Marc Lasry. That he's a meddler" (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/30). NBA.com's Steve Aschburner wrote the "first thing Marc Lasry is going to have to do is apologize," for the "manner in which" he hired Kidd. Sources said that he "already has apologized" to fired bucks coach Larry Drew for the "public undercutting that played out over about 48 hours." There is a "right way and a wrong way to do things, and Lasry, the point man on the hire, botched this badly." He "violated an unwritten code against hiring before firing by which even sports’ most ruthless power brokers abide." Lasry "might claim ignorance on that, being new to this fish bowl, but then Kidd should have informed him" (NBA.com, 6/30).
DOING WHAT'S BEST: USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt writes it "can be argued" that Lasry and Edens are "doing what they think is best for Bucks and trying to lift the franchise out of the rut it has been in." If this "had gone smoother, maybe the Bucks would be receiving compliments for landing Kidd and Parker and starting a new era of Bucks basketball with promise." As for Kidd, he "has work to do -- not only with the Bucks, but also with other coaches, some of whom might not be thrilled that one coach lost a job in Kidd's power play" (USA TODAY, 7/1). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley writes, "You can't but help applaud the hire. You can't help but commend their first effort to make one of the most spectacularly irrelevant and comfortably numb franchises in the National Basketball Association into something a bit more exciting, a measure more vibrant." Kidd's hiring has "another admirable quality -- it's a clean break, a fresh start and the beginning of a newly minted direction." It means "there's hope." This was "not a judgment by Lasry and Edens that Drew had failed," but this is the "hope that Kidd can succeed" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/1).
DEAR JOHN: SPORTS ON EARTH's Michael Pina wonders what the Kidd hire means for Bucks GM John Hammond. Pina: "Why would firing him be a gargantuan mistake?" For new owners "fighting an uphill battle against decades of struggle, mediocrity and outright failure -- in an irrelevant market that forces overpay after overpay in free agency -- Hammond should be their man; he deserves the opportunity to climb out of a hole the franchise's previous owner, Herb Kohl, pressured him to dig." Hammond is "quietly one of the best drafting general managers in the league," and his "track record is checkered with mistakes and glory," just like every GM in NBA history. He is "neither bad at his job nor is he startling genius, but uprooting him would be disturbing" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 7/1).