The statement reads as follows:
THANK YOU MILWAUKEE
I would like to thank Senator Herb Kohl and John Hammond for giving me the opportunity to coach the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. Although my tenure was brief, it will forever be memorable.
Thank you to all of the great Bucks fans for your love and support, you truly are some of the best fans in the NBA.
My swift termination did come as a surprise to me, 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.
A classy statement from a classy guy.
Most of it is about what you’d expect in this situation: thanking management, recognizing fans – the usual cliches. But the final stanza is pure class. Drew acknowledges the “surprising” nature of the firing – a controversial point he easily could have chosen to omit – while simultaneously expressing his support for the new ownership.
Drew coached the Bucks for only one season, taking over for interim head coach Jim Boylan after the 2012-13 campaign. While his lone year in Milwaukee will be one to forget in the record books, Drew handled the difficult situation about as well as any veteran coach could. He never griped to the media, nor did he place blame on his players. Drew acted with a sense of reserved optimism throughout the 15-win campaign, remaining patient with a young and oftentimes frustrating roster.
Unfortunately (well, maybe fortunately?), his controversial exit will probably be the lasting memory of his tenure with the Bucks. The 2013-14 season was painful, sure, but Drew helped lay the groundwork – from a player development standpoint – for what Milwaukee hopes will be a new beginning for a franchise seeking its first playoff series victory in more than a decade.
Thanks for everything coach.. pic.twitter.com/ADf4ZucgDL
— GiannisAntetokounmpo (@G_ante34) July 1, 2014
Thanks coach Drew, couldn't have asked for a better coach for my rookie season. Appreciated the opportunity to play for you.
— Nate Wolters (@NateWolters) July 1, 2014