The former player and fifth-year head coach, however, apparently felt something like this would happen sooner than later, telling his star player, "I had a feeling that was gonna take place".
In addition to the Celtics, Pitino coached the Knicks for two seasons, leading them to 52-30 record in 1988-89 and the Eastern Conference semifinals.More news: Former armed forces chief to challenge Egypt's Sisi
Jon Horst, the team's general manager, issued a letter to Milwaukee fans thanking Kidd for his services and stating "ultimately we decided that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our team to the next level and bringing us closer to our goal of winning championships".
The Bucks front office has made it clear they're playing to win now after Kidd's sudden firing, and the re-assessment doesn't stop there, as they will be aggressive in the trade deadline in hopes to garner home court advantage in the playoffs.
Under Kidd this season, the Bucks underwhelmed to a 23-22 start.More news: Don't miss the incredible rare 'super blue blood moon' eclipse
Available coaches will line up to interview, but there may be an early favorite: Monty Williams.
With little cap flexibility and three-and-a-half seasons until Antetokounmpo can be an unrestricted free agent, the clock is ticking for Horst and the Bucks to build a core around the Greek Freak that can compete for titles with Cleveland (as long as it has LeBron James) and Boston entrenched as the East's heavyweights.
According to Shelburne, a very credible National Basketball Association reporter, Giannis had called Kidd and tried to save his job. "If not, it could be a franchise killer". He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over.500 on December 9. The Bucks have one right now in Giannis Antetokounmpo.More news: BVB Slams Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Over Aubameyang Comments
Vaughn could serve as a potential young piece in a bundle to entice a team to trade one of their coveted pieces to the Bucks.