Parker denies report of rift with Kidd

Oshkosh, Wis. (WBAY) - The Milwaukee Bucks announced the dismissal of Head Coach Jason Kidd on Monday, followed by a report from Yahoo Sports that injured forward Jabari Parker and Kidd had a “broken relationship.”

Jabari Parker (left) practices with the Wisconsin Herd on Tuesday, January 23 at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wis.

“Source close to Jabari Parker tells me that he and Jason Kidd had a completely broken relationship, and have not spoken or communicated positively for quite some time,” Yahoo Sports Insider Jordan Schultz tweeted Monday.

Parker practiced Tuesday with the Bucks G League Affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd in Oshkosh and denied the report of the rift.

"With those reports, I take it because they use me as a scapegoat,” Parker said after practice at the Menominee Nation Arena. “I'm not a threat right now so they kind of target me because I'm an easy piece and I’m coming back."

Parker denied the report of he and Kidd not being on speaking terms.

"We talk every day we talk every time I'm in the gym and I cross paths with him, we talk,” Parker said.

Parker added that he was surprised by Kidd’s firing and thought it would have been better if it was done over the NBA All-Star break.

“He was my coach for four years and it’s always been a good relationship," Parker said. "Any coach in a head position, we’re going to have disagreements, but most importantly he helped me. That’s what I look at. I was saddened to hear the news because that’s the only guy I’ve known so far (as head coach). I reached out to him (Monday).”


Aftermath of Kidd's release in the G-League
The Herd organization has modeled its coaching style and play after that of the Milwaukee Bucks in order to make it easy for two-way players and players on rehab assignment to go back and forth between the two teams. Even with the release of Jason Kidd, members of both organizations do not anticipate too much of a shake-up when it comes to player development.

"There won't be any major changes to the way the Bucks play," Herd Head Coach Jordan Brady said. "If they do make any changes then we are going to make the same changes because we still want to have a seamless transition for players that are going between the two organizations. We feel like that's the ideal model for development."

Parker’s return
Jabari Parker continues to recover from his second knee injury in three NBA seasons. Parker’s return has been targeted for February but he's not putting an actual date on his comeback just yet.

“(I’m) just playing it by feel at this point,” Parker said. “A 12-month period was just precautionary but if I get that confidence back then they (will) probably be lenient. But right now I’m just attacking what I can each day.”

D.J. Wilson with Herd
The Bucks 2017 first round draft pick D.J. Wilson has been assigned to the Wisconsin Herd.
Wilson is expected to play Wednesday when the Herd takes on the Erie BayHawks at home at 11:30 AM CT.
Wilson has appeared in 15 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 0.5 points and 0.4 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game.
The Herd is in second place in the Central Division with a 16-14 record.