Jason Kidd’s Test is Year 3

After every disappointing season, or ten-game stretch, coaches are on the hot seat.  The patience is thin in modern professional sports.  I can hear fans saying now: “You had two seasons to turn this around, if you messed up that second season we are justified, Jason!” Since our coach happens to be personal friends with his boss, I suspect he’ll get a third season, but that doesn’t mean the average Bucks fan isn’t understandably a little peeved.  We’ve seen Kidd deploy some really outdated schemes this season.  Jabari Parker and Giannis were told to avoid the three-ball.  Our defense is best served to shut down an ISO-driven league.  We spent a good portion of the season running our offense through our back-to-the-basket center.  The only way to win with Moose being our go-to-guy is with four shooters around him, not one.

Even I’m getting around just listing it. All that aside, I think this season will be good for the team in the long run.  Jabari turned 20, wished for three-point range, and so it was.  Giannis has been given the ball for good.  Khris Middleton has turned into one of the craftier wing players in the league. Based on the past couple months, our front office seems to know that Giannis, Jabari, and Khris are the definitive core.  Now that that’s been settled, the focus can switch to finding the right schemes and personnel to chase a ring.

With reports that John Hammond’s days in Milwaukee are likely to be numbered (thanks for getting the talent John), Jason Kidd might be in line to finally get what he wants.  Complete power.  Hard work and determination can get the ego where it needs to be.  Jason Kidd’s ego is one of the reasons I think he can pull it off.  He has that obsessive gene that allows a guy to effectively play late into his 30’s.  He changed his game to fit his needs.  He’ll change his coaching philosophies to fit the situation.  Jason Kidd has to win.  It’s built into his personality.  We have the talent; we have the kind of talent that’s undeniable.

I think Jason Kidd is crazy.  That statement gives me hope.  I think you have to be some kind of crazy to be elite at your craft.  Jason Kidd doesn’t have the personality of the other elite coaches.  I get the feeling he’s fueled by the dark side of life.  He’s his very own creature; we aren’t going to be like other teams.  Our team will be driven to win by a power hungry maniac, because that maniac has to win.  If this doesn’t pan out in the end, Jason Kidd is the type of guy who will be sitting in his killer study at home, with a cocktail, staring at the wall sharply shaking his head in self-hatred at three-in-the-morning.  I really like that quality in our head coach/possible GM.  At least we can rest our heads at night knowing he’s trying to figure out a way to slow down Lebron and Kyrie simultaneously.  He’s crazy enough that he might change the game in some facet. Maybe, it’s just allowing Giannis to do literally everything for us. Perhaps he’ll figure out a way to hide Jabari on the defensive end.  There’s an exciting energy around someone who is both crazy and successful.  How did they use their quirks to help them succeed?  What are they capable of, good or bad?

In other arguments in favor of Kidd, I’d like to bring attention to Steve Clifford and the Hornets.  Steve-o turned the Hornets around quickly in his first season.  Their defense was one of the best in the league as they relied on their veterans to carry most of the responsibility.  The team earned a play-off spot after finishing the season 43-39.  After the team got booted in the first round, the franchise had built up some hype around the NBA, as first-year coach Steve Clifford seemed like a winner.  The Hornets tried to improve through free agency and brought in the poor-fitting Lance Stephenson to try to boost the team to the next level.  Trying to incorporate their new talent proved to be difficult, as both Kemba and Lance needed the ball to succeed. With Lance not being a good shooter, teams were allowed to sink off of him some and it really hurt their spacing.  They were playing with only two shooters in their starting line-up and still couldn’t create the spacing necessary to compete.  We tried only one shooter!

Anyway, Steve Clifford and the Hornets finished his second season as coach, not fulfilling expectations going 33-49.  That reminds me of something. I think something very similar happened to the Bucks this season.  The Hornets happened to have a turnaround season this year.  They traded their poor fitting players for whatever they could get, and traded for Nicholas Batum to help fill a lot of the team’s holes.  If the Bucks trade their poor fitting players and acquire one useful piece, we could see a very similar next season.  It’s only a matter of time until we’re winning 50 games.  Keep things consistent, we’re on a good path.  If you can almost guarantee success with a young, mad-scientist at the wheel, you have to go for it.  Who knows what could come of it.


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