The Bucks are currently sitting at sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, somewhat firmly in playoff position with a .500 record and just 14 games left in the regular season.
But things have been much worse in Milwaukee since the trade that sent Brandon Knight out of town essentially in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams; the Bucks are just 4-11 since the All-Star break.
Jason Kidd, however, isn’t ready to panic just yet. He’s preaching patience at this late point in the season, while keeping his focus on the big-picture rebuild that needs to take place.
They’ve lost 11 of 15 games since the break heading into Friday night, and sit in the sixth seed with a 34-34 record. Kidd did not see it as a problem. “We’re getting better every time we play, winning or losing,” Kidd said. “We had two good looks, two wide open looks. We learn from missed shots, we learn from making winning shots so we’re not trending down.”
“Sometimes you’ve got to look in front of you. … We’re here to build something, not to do something in six months,” Kidd said. “This is a bigger picture so we feel that we have a core here that will be around a long time and have success.”
“You have to show more film (to younger guys),” Kidd said. “You have to spend a little more time on the floor, because there’s just not enough minutes under some of the guys’ belts when you talk about 20 years old. they just haven’t had enough of seeing what’s in front of them until they strike 22 or 23 years old, then you can say they maybe have seen a lot of things that an 18-, 19-year old hasn’t seen before.”
It’s the polar opposite of Kidd’s situation last season in Brooklyn, where the Nets were in win-now mode, virtually at all costs.