VIDEO: GameTime: Kidd Out Indefinitely
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The Milwaukee Bucks announced late Sunday that head coach Jason Kidd will undergo hip surgery on Monday, taking him off the bench indefinitely.
Assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over the Bucks, who have struggled to match their surprising success in Kidd’s first season, especially on defense.
- VIDEO: Kidd talks about hip surgery
“It’s been chronic for the last 3-4 years, since I was in Dallas the last time,” Kidd said. “And the pain is to the point where I can’t function.”
Prunty has already coached the Bucks once this season, a loss in Orlando when Kidd was suspended for slapping the ball out of referee Zach Zarba‘s hands in a loss to Sacreamento.
Kidd joins Warriors coach Steve Kerr (recovering from back surgery) on the sideline, and Prunty becomes the league’s fourth interim coach, joining Golden State’s Luke Walton, Houston’s J.B. Bickerstaff and Minnesota’s Sam Mitchell.
“We’ll know more after the surgery,” Kidd said. “But hopefully, [in] two weeks, I can be back at the office.”
The Bucks salvaged a four-game trip with a win in Phoenix on Sunday and host the 1-28 Sixers on Wednesday, but they face a tough stretch of schedule after that. Seven of their first eight games after Christmas are against teams currently over .500.