A book about the life of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo written by Mirin Fader is about to be released called ‘Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an MVP’ and there are talks about former head coach Jason Kidd in the book, which was apparently not well liked by the players on the team.
Kidd, a 10-time All-Star, coached the two-time NBA MVP and the Bucks from 2014 to 2018. In the book, Kidd’s coaching style was described as “psychological warfare” by a former Bucks player .
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Excerpts from the book surfaced on social media this week. One incident during his tenure with the Bucks involved Kidd allegedly scheduling a last-minute practice on Christmas Eve after the team lost to the Charlotte Hornets in what the former coach called a “game.” winnable”.
According to the book, Kidd asked the players face to face if they deserved to be out on Christmas Eve after the loss. The players have voiced their opinion on the matter, but Kidd has scheduled a 9 a.m. practice.
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“I don’t care,” Kidd said according to the book. “You get paid to do a job, so you do your job tomorrow. Things change.”
During practice, Kidd reportedly raced the players “like a college team” and he called former Bucks player Larry Sanders “shit” and a “terrible player.”
The book stated that the three-hour practice consisted primarily of conditioning exercises. He also told the players to train in the weight room and in the pool. Former center Zaza Pachulia said in the book that “everyone was so tired that no one thought about Christmas” and that they had “no energy left to open presents”.
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“I don’t think I’ve done that since I left J-Kidd,” former Bucks guard Brandon Knight told Fader. “It was not normal.”
When players were asked to comment on Kidd as a coach, many players and coaches responded by asking if they were registered or not, according to the book.