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Former Bucks coach Larry Drew says he was 'blindsided' by firing

Former Bucks coach Larry Drew says he was 'blindsided' by firing Photo: Rocky Widner/NBA via Getty Images

Former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew said he was “blindsided” and that it was "definitely mystifying” when the team fired him.

Drew was fired on June 30 after just one season with Milwaukee and was replaced by then-Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd, who within days signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the team. The Bucks sent two second-round picks to the Nets as compensation for Kidd.

Despite the surprise involved, Drew says he doesn't have any hard feelings or hold any grudges against anyone in Milwaukee's management. 

"From their (the owners') standpoint, there's no set time for these type of things," Drew said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work."

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Drew won 15 games with Milwaukee as the team finished with the league's worst record. Drew was hired as an assistant by new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt this offseason.

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