Bucks coach Jason Kidd to have hip surgery; sidelined indefinitely

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd told Yahoo Sports he will be sidelined indefinitely after having hip surgery on Monday.

The Bucks are 11-18 under Jason Kidd this season. (Getty Images)
The Bucks are 11-18 under Jason Kidd this season. (Getty Images)

Kidd, 42, was recently advised by a doctor to have the hip surgery after dealing with chronic pain and sleepless nights. The 19-year NBA veteran played in 1,391 games, which played a big role in his hip issues. He coached during the Bucks' 101-95 win over the host Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will assume head-coaching responsibilities while Kidd is out.

"I tried to put off surgery for as long as I could," Kidd said in a statement. "But after consulting with my doctor, he advised the best course of action was to have the procedure now."

Kidd has a 95-97 record in three seasons as a head coach for the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks currently have an 11-18 record in Kidd's second season with the franchise. Prunty is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Bucks and has 20 years of experience as an NBA assistant. He is also the head coach of Great Britain's men's national team. The Bucks' next game is on Wednesday against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.

Kidd said he had "every confidence" in Prunty.

"He's well-respected in the league and I know our players and coaches will give their all during Joe's time as head coach," Kidd said in the statement.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported Kidd's plans to have surgery.

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