The Milwaukee Bucks left the basketball world in shock on Tuesday after news broke that the team had decided to fire first-year head coach Adrian Griffin barely halfway into his debut season. The 49-year-old wasn’t exactly a candidate for Coach of the Year and he has had his fair share of ups and downs throughout the campaign, but there’s no denying that this move still came as a shock for more than a few fans out there.
The Bucks have now released their official statement on this massive decision, with general manager Jon Horst breaking his silence.
Milwaukee Bucks Make Adrian Griffin Firing Official
Not long after reports emerged on Griffin’s exit, the Bucks made it official by posting their statement on Twitter. The bulk of the brief statement was a message from GM Jon Horst:
“This was a difficult decision to make during the season,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “We are working immediately toward hiring our next head coach. We thank Coach Griffin for his hard work and contributions to the team.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have dismissed head coach Adrian Griffin. pic.twitter.com/6PUgCnyuIi
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 23, 2024
The Bucks kept it short and sweet and there was no explanation as to why they came to such a drastic decision at this point of the season, especially with the team coming off back-to-back wins over the past three days.
What the team confirmed in the statement, however, is that Griffin will now be succeeded by assistant coach Joe Prunty, albeit in an interim capacity. The Bucks are now likely to start their search for their next head coach, if they haven’t already.
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