Despite racking up a league-worst record in 2013-14, former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew felt blindsided by the way he lost his job this offseason. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the current Cavalier assistant referred to his ousting by Jason Kidd as “mystifying.”
Even as Drew was taking part in draft preparations with the Bucks management staff in late June, team owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry were starting their talks with Kidd.
Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. [...]
“If I had been a new coach, I might have reacted differently (to the firing). But because I’ve been in this so long and I’ve had friends who have had these type things happen to them, I was OK.
“This is the life we choose and sometimes you have to expect the unexpected.”
Last week, Drew was hired as an assistant by Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, whom he has known for three years. Drew will also be paid by the Bucks for the next two seasons, effectively giving the Cavaliers three head coaches on their roster—between Blatt, Drew and the well-compensated assistant coach Tyronn Lue—to lead the charge with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Drew admitted to potentially sitting a year out, but stated that the “buzz” around the city of Cleveland and the team’s offseason was essentially too much to pass up. While it may have been a slight hit to the ego, the checking account is in working order and he’s in line to win a lot more than 15 games.