Kidd to have hip surgery
MILWAUKEE – The Bucks are about to experience another unique test. One of the youngest teams in the league will have to play without coach Jason Kidd as he recovers from right hip surgery.
Kidd was scheduled to have surgery in the morning in New York.
It will be up to Joe Prunty, a longtime NBA assistant, to lead the Bucks while Kidd is out. Kidd has said he hopes to return to the office in a couple weeks, though it's unclear when he might be able to coach in a game again.
There is no doubt that he's still in charge, though.
"Trust me, as soon as soon as we are able to be talking with him, we'll definitely be in touch," Prunty said Monday.
The pain has been become chronic, and cortisone shots were no longer helping, Kidd said.
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