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April 16, 2015 Updates

"Freedom of speech," said Jason Kidd, who left Brooklyn for the Milwaukee Bucks over the offseason. Asked if he saw the same problems, Kidd replied, "He was in the locker room. For us as coaches we're in a different locker room. So we're coming in pre-game, halftime, they spend a lot more time in that locker room than coaches. So that group of guys that played, to be 10-21 and find ourselves with 44 wins, someone has to care if you're going to turn it around that way. "I think sometimes when trades are made the beginning of the season on paper they look great. It just takes time. Sometimes the process by the media or outside influences or sources want it to be now. Sometimes it doesn't work that way." Booth Newspapers

April 15, 2015 Updates
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The new guys that have arrived are already adjusting, they’re contributing and they’ve understood what their role is. The coaching staff is excellent. They do a tremendous job. The way they function is the best thing I’ve experienced so far in my career in the NBA. The way they work before each game, the scouting that they do. They talk to us, provide us with a lot of information. After the games, even on the plane, the work goes on, it never stops. Each morning they prepare individually for the day’s program. Since Jason Kidd arrived in Milwaukee things have changed completely. We’ve all taken this extremely seriously. We have realized that there is something good for us here. We can build something great in 2 or 3 years. EuroHoops.net

April 12, 2015 Updates
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Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only Milwaukee Bucks player to appear in all 77 of the team's games entering their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. He had started 64 in row. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he sat out of Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Cavaliers. Antetokounmpo apparently didn't know in advance of the game. "He didn't tell me," Antetokounmpo answered when asked when head coach Jason Kidd told him he would sit. "No, he didn't tell me." Was the benching for being late to practice? For rest? Because of an injury? "I don't know," Antetokounmpo said after the game. "It was coach's decision — I don't know — for me not to play today." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing 31.4 minutes per game this season, said he hopes to return to the lineup Friday in New York against the Knicks. Kidd wouldn't commit to saying when Antetokounmpo would play again, only noting, "He's going to practice tomorrow." He was more interested in talking about the players who did set foot on the court. "The guys played at a very high level, yes, they put themselves in a position to win," Kidd said. "That's first and foremost the most important thing, not asking me stupid questions about why Giannis didn't play." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 8, 2015 Updates

Youngmisuk: What did you think when he said he wanted you to play more point guard? Giannis Antetokounmpo: You know, Jason Kidd had just come to the team and saw me (for) a couple of practices. ... (Then) I heard he wants to make (me play) point. Point guard? Me, point guard? (I thought) no, I cannot do it. But you cannot say something, because he was one of the greatest point guards. If he wants to make me a point guard, I just got to sit down and listen and talk to him and try to do what he wants because he knows the right thing. It was a great feeling, for some games that I was point guard, handle the ball all the time and put your teammates in the right spot and make the right plays. It was a good feeling, but it was tough, too. It gives you more responsibility on the court. ESPN.com

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Almost 20 years later, Mashburn attempted to set the record straight about the Kidd-Jackson-Braxton love triangle. "She definitely cost me relationships with Jimmy Jackson and Jason Kidd," Mashburn said on KRLD-FM. "I necessarily wouldn’t even put it on here. I think at that time Jimmy and Jason were going through their own particular issues. From my understanding, being in the locker room, there was no truth to the Toni Braxton part. She played a part in it from the standpoint that she had an album out at the time, or was about to release it, called ‘Secrets.’ She went on the Dallas airwaves and said she doesn’t kiss and tell. She’s a beautiful women, but I think it did cost us because of egos, being so young, not having a lot of direction and leadership on the Dallas Mavericks at that particular time. There were some leadership changes with the ownership and coaching changes. It cost us being a pretty darn good basketball team for years to come. Dallas Morning News

“Sometimes you’ve got to look in front of you. … We’re here to build something, not to do something in six months,” Kidd said. “This is a bigger picture so we feel that we have a core here that will be around a long time and have success.” “You have to show more film (to younger guys),” Kidd said. “You have to spend a little more time on the floor, because there’s just not enough minutes under some of the guys’ belts when you talk about 20 years old. they just haven’t had enough of seeing what’s in front of them until they strike 22 or 23 years old, then you can say they maybe have seen a lot of things that an 18-, 19-year old hasn’t seen before.” The Brooklyn Game

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