Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd will undergo hip surgery on Monday and be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Sunday evening after the Bucks’ victory over the Phoenix Suns. Assistant coach Joe Prunty, who’s specialty is the offensive side of the ball, will be the interim head coach in Kidd’s absence.
Kidd said he tried to put off the surgery as long as he could, but the pain has gotten to be too much and his doctor advised to have the surgery immediately. He told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the injury stems from his playing days in Dallas.
Kidd is in his second year as Bucks head coach after spending one year on the Brooklyn Nets’ bench. Milwaukee made a surprise run to the playoffs in his first season before losing in the first round to the Chicago Bulls.
This year hasn’t gotten off to an ideal start after that playoff appearance, as the Bucks are just 11-18 after Sunday’s win in Phoenix. The defense has taken a major step back after being one of the league’s elite units, and the offense still has its issues scoring on a consistent basis.
Prunty is also in his second year in Milwaukee after being on Kidd’s staff in Brooklyn. This is the assistant’s 20th year in the NBA.