Bucks fire Jason Kidd

FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Milwaukee. The Bucks are preparing for the return of Kidd to the sideline after the coach missed more than a month because of hip surgery. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, file)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have fired coach Jason Kidd.

Kidd, who guided the Bucks to two playoff appearance, had been the Bucks' coach since 2014 and compiled a 139-152 record. The Bucks were 23-22 this season and in the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

The team's general manager, Jon Horst, released the following statement Monday:

“We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change. We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships. Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best."

Assistant coach, Joe Punty, will take over starting Monday night when the Bucks host the Phoenix Suns.

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