After Messy Breakup Ex-Bucks Coach May Get Last Laugh Over Jason Kidd [Details]
Following a controversial exit from the Milwaukee Bucks this summer, former head coach Larry Drew may be moving towards greener pastures. According to reports, Drew is heading to Cleveland to serve under David Blatt as an assistant coach.
After a failed power move to take over as Brooklyn’s General Manager, Jason Kidd was then “traded” to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second round picks. Upon agreeing to the deal, Larry Drew was relived of his coaching duties.
He served as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons prior to joining Milwaukee. Drew coached the Hawks to a winning record ever year from the 2010-11 season to 2012-13 with Atlanta, compiling a record of 128-102. Last year Milwaukee finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-67 under Drew.
Drew’s relationship with Blatt dates back to 2012, when he went to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s camp, the team Blatt coached in Israel at the time, to “observe, learn and share ideas with Blatt.” It was speculated at the time that Drew was interested in making Blatt a part of his staff in Atlanta.
In Cleveland, Drew will have a chance to work with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and as speculated Kevin Love as the favorites to win the East. Jason Kidd’s Bucks on the other hand, while drafting the highly touted rookie, Jabari Parker out of Duke with the second pick, do not look anywhere close to competing for an NBA Championship or a spot in the playoffs. Even a winning record might be hard to come by.
Even with the loss of Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, the Central division is arguably the toughest division in the Eastern conference. The Cavaliers and Bulls are slated to finish at the top of the East. The Pacers thrive at being labeled underdogs, so it would be foolish to rule them out from making noise this season. Even the Detroit Pistons with big man Andre Drummond looking to coming back strong and the hiring of coach Stan Van Gundy, should be able to cause some trouble for many teams this year.
Second year coach Jason Kidd definitely will have a challenge on his hands every night in the Central Division.