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MILWAUKEE---New Bucks owners
Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit
there may have been errors in how
Jason Kidd was lured to coach Mil-
That doesn t mean they aren t
happy to have him.
Kidd was formally introduced yes-
terday at the BMO Harris Bradley Cen-
ter. Kidd said there were no hard feel-
ings over his abrupt and surprising
departure from Brooklyn, where he
won 44 games and reached the second
round of the NBA playoffs as a first-
year head coach but left after a failed
bid for more front-office power.
His messy departure leaked to the
media, and Brooklyn agreed on Monday
to deal Kidd to Milwaukee for second-
round draft picks in 2015 and 2019.
The Bucks fired Larry Drew, who had
no indication he wouldn t be back for
a second season.
Lasry said it was wrong to not bring
general manager John Hammond into
the loop earlier in the process, which
began last week when the owners
sought permission from the Nets to
speak with Kidd. Lasry and Kidd are
"We were asked to keep it confiden-
tial," Lasry said. "In retrospect, that
was a mistake."
Kidd didn t offer much explanation
of his reasoning for taking the job in
Milwaukee, where he inherits a team
that finished a league-worst 15-67 a
year ago but adds No 2 overall pick
Jabari Parker to a group that includes
19-year-old Giannis Antetokounpo of
Greece, forward John Henson and cen-
ter Larry Sanders.
He downplayed questions about
moving from the NBA s largest market
to its smallest.
"I ve played in big markets and I ve
played in small markets," Kidd said.
"It s not about the market, it s about
being able to teach, and I have a great
opportunity here in Milwaukee to be
part of a young, talented roster."
Kidd spent 19 years in the NBA
before moving to the bench. He will
now have to work with Hammond,
who was under contract through the
Edens and Lasry, both New York
investment firm executives, recently
purchased the team from former U.S.
Senator Herb Kohl for about $550 mil-
lion after they pledged to keep the team
in Milwaukee. Lasry and Edens have
committed to providing $100 million
to help build a new arena. Kohl also
announced he would donate $100 mil-
lion for a new facility to replace the
team s downtown arena, which opened
in 1988. (AP)
admit errors made
in luring Kidd
SYDNEY---Australian media reported
that NBA champion San Antonio
Spurs point guard Patty Mills will be
sidelined for up to seven months with
a right shoulder injury.
Fairfax Media reports yesterday that
Mills has withdrawn from Australia s
campaign for the August 30 to Sep-
tember 14 World Cup in Spain and will
undergo surgery in the next few days
to repair the rotator cuff in his shoulder.
The news comes hours into the NBA
free-agency period that many expected
to land Mills a major contract.
The report says Mills played through
pain during the NBA season and scans
revealed the wear and tear just two
weeks after he helped the Spurs win
Mills scored 17 points for the Spurs
in the clinching Game 5 as a backup
to Tony Parker. (AP)
Patty Mills out for
6-7 months with injury
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS---To ge t
ready for this week s tournament,
Bubba Watson simply has to walk
out his front door.
Watson moved his family a month
ago into a home built at The Green-
brier, the resort in West Virginia that
has hosted royalty and US presi-
dents--- and now has its resident
"It s nice sleeping in your own
bed," Watson said.
He ll tee it up in the Greenbrier
Classic starting on Thursday on the
par-70 Old White TPC.
Watson first learned about the
stately resort from 2011 tournament
winner Scott Stallings, who extolled
its warm, relaxed setting. Watson
played in the tournament for the first
time last year, finishing eight shots
behind winner Jonas Blixt.
Shortly after, Watson joined the
resort s staff of professional golfers
and broke ground on the new house.
In addition to playing five rounds
on Old White in the past two weeks,
Watson tweeted pictures of himself
fishing in a nearby river and pond,
getting up-close looks at black bears,
and looking over the New Orleans
Saints preseason training camp facil-
ity under construction at the resort.
The Greenbrier has taken full
advantage of Watson s presence.
Bubba looks for title shot
at new Greenbrier home
head coach Jason
Kidd, left, leaves a
press conference with
one of Bucks' co-
owners Marc Lasry,
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