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Ex-Bucks coach Larry Drew 'surprised' by firing

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Jason Kidd's sudden departure from the Nets to take over as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks surprised everyone, including ex-Bucks coach Larry Drew. 

Drew released a statement today saying his "swift termination" was a "surprise", but that he does accept the decision. 

Here's Drew's full statement (via WTMJ):

“I would like to thank Senator Herb Kohl and John Hammond for giving me the opportunity to coach the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. Although my tenure was brief, it will forever be memorable." 

“Thank you to all of the great Bucks fans for your love and support, you truly are some of the best fans in the NBA.

“My swift termination did come as a surprise to me, but I accept new owners Wesley Edens’ and Marc Lasry's decision that they've made. I wish the entire Bucks organization and the great city of Milwaukee nothing but the best in the future.”

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Drew was officially fired Monday, and Kidd was introduced as his replacement the next day. The Bucks agreed to send two future second-round draft picks to Brooklyn in exchange for Kidd. 

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Milwaukee finished with the worst record in the NBA last season, and selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the second pick in June's draft.

—Dan Gartland

 

 

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