Former Bucks coach Larry Drew surprised by swift firing


When Jason Kidd finally finished power plays in Milwaukee and Brooklyn and settled in as Bucks coach, Larry Drew was left without a job. 

Drew, who was brought on as Bucks coach last year, had remained been silent on his unceremonious firing until issuing a statement on Wednesday. 

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“I would like to thank Senator Herb Kohl and John Hammond for giving me the opportunity to coach the Milwaukee Bucks this past season," Drew said in a statement. "Although my tenure was brief, it will forever be memorable."

Drew coached the Bucks through the 2013-14 season. The team finished with the worst record in the league and won only 15 games. That said, several issues within the franchise were beyond Drew's control. Many of the free-agent signings didn't pan out and big man Larry Sanders was injured for much of the year.  

But Drew appeared to have time in Milwaukee. The team was in no position to win

after letting Brandon Jennings go in a sign-and-trade and making little effort to retain Monta Ellis. 

“My swift termination did come as a surprise to me," Drew said, "but I accept new owners Wesley Edens’ and Marc Lasry's decision that they've made. I wish the entire Bucks organization and the great city of Milwaukee nothing but the best in the future.”