Milwaukee Bucks: Imagining a documentary on the Jason Kidd years

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Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd
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Under Jason Kidd, the Milwaukee Bucks were a promise-filled team undermined by dysfunction, ego, and conflict. That era would make for a fascinating documentary.

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles where we’ll take a closer look at teams, seasons, and moments in Bucks History that could make for a documentary in the vein of ESPN’s The Last Dance (more details to be found here). Check back on Monday each week for a closer look at the candidates.

As easy as it would be to forget it right now with the season currently on hold, the Milwaukee Bucks are enjoying what’s easily their best two-season run since the 1980s.

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Having long been tabbed as one of the NBA’s most interesting up-and-coming rosters, casual NBA fans, or even just those outside of Milwaukee, could be forgiven for thinking that the Bucks’ progression to their current status has been relatively linear. The reality, though, couldn’t be much further from that notion.

The now All-Star duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton both arrived to the Bucks without any real expectation that they’d reach such heights, and took part in a franchise-worst 15-win season in their first year with the team. That season undoubtedly represented a new dawn for the Bucks, though, as the team was sold by Herb Kohl as the campaign wound down.

As such, the years that followed largely captured a period when the Bucks were trying to figure out how to be a good team, and often failing spectacularly in the process.

On that front, the first big idea was to bring in a high profile name with experience of winning. That led to Jason Kidd, after just one season as a coach, becoming the face of the Bucks. What followed was certainly memorable, albeit not for all the right reasons.

So without further ado, let’s dive into the Jason Kidd era, a time in Bucks history that many fans are likely still trying to forget, and make the case for why it would make for an incredible Bucks documentary.