Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd will begin an indefinite leave of absence after he undergoes surgery to correct chronic pain in his hip that has lingered since his playing days on Monday.
Kidd revealed after the Bucks’ 101-95 win over the Phoenix Suns that he is not sure when he will be able to return courtside, but hopes to be back completing office work within two weeks.
“The pain has been to the point where I can’t function,” he explained.
“I’ve taken all the medicine I can do. Talking with the doctors, there’s really no good time to do a surgery, so in talking through that, this is what we have to do.”
Kidd said he has been in pain since he last played with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season, and assistant Joe Prunty will assume head-coaching responsibilities in the interim.
“Some would say it’s the 55,000 minutes that I tried to play,” Kidd added.
“A lot of wear and tear on my body. I’ve been blessed not to have too many surgeries, but this is just one that’s taken away from me being able to sleep and function and hopefully do the right things as I try to help these guys be the best they can be.”