Bucks coach Jason Kidd will be out indefinitely after he undergoes hip surgery on Monday.
“It’s been chronic for the last three to four years, since I was [playing] in Dallas the last time,” Kidd told Gardner. “The pain has been to the point where I can’t function.”
The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in New York.
Joe Prunty, who has been an NBA assistant since 2002 and worked under Kidd with the Nets, will replace Kidd while he recovers.
“I have every confidence in Joe to lead our team during my absence,” Kidd said in a statement. “Joe has many years of coaching experience both in the NBA and in international competition. He’s well-respected in the league and I know our players and coaches will give their all during Joe’s time as head coach.”
Kidd informed the team of his decision to have the surgery after Sunday’s 101–95 win at the Phoenix Suns, according to Gardner.
Prunty will be the fourth interim coach this season and the second to take over due to injury. Luke Walton has led the Warriors all season with Steve Kerr recovering from back surgery.
- Dan Gartland