Wesley Edens Rumors
That optimism extended to the team and the role of coach Jason Kidd, who will be entering the final year of his three-year, $15 million contract next season. “There’s no question, from our standpoint the team underperformed this year,” Edens said. “But in terms of the development of the team, you couldn’t be more optimistic about it. “We’ve said from the outset, our goal is not to be a contender. Our goal is to win a championship. Period. I said when we first addressed our business group, ‘If there’s anybody in the group that doesn’t think winning a championship is a reasonable thing, you should just leave the organization.’ “That’s not consistent with how we view it. And that hasn’t changed one bit.”
The owners made it clear they want Kidd to continue, and Lasry said it’s reasonable to assume the coach would receive an extension. “At the end of the day, Jason is our coach,” Lasry said. “I know there’s been a bunch of articles. We think he’s done a great job. He’s our guy. “Everybody who keeps talking about it, it’s a non-issue. I never understand why in this league you have these issues. “We want to win next year; we’re going to want to win the year after. This is a five-year plan. When you look at the players we have, look at the development of Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in the last three years.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Edens denied any rift within the team’s ownership group and said no trades were seriously considered before the February deadline, despite media reports to the contrary.
A recent national media report said Bucks owners were divided over decisions before the trade deadline. Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan are the other principal owners along with Edens. “Nothing whatsoever,” Edens said in response. “It’s just complete fiction. “The thing that was most disappointing and inaccurate, of somehow discord among the owners, nothing could be farther from the truth. I don’t know where any of this stuff comes from. In this case it was so misplaced.”
With the tenets of “Moneyball” now employed in the front offices of every major sport, perhaps it was inevitable that professional teams would turn to emotion metrics and neuroscience tools to try to gain an edge in evaluating players. “We spend quite a bit of time evaluating the players as basketball players and analytically,” said David Morway, Milwaukee’s assistant general manager, who works for the owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. “But the difficult piece of the puzzle is the psychological side of it, and not only psychological, character and personality issues, but also team chemistry issues.”