Report: Kidd benched Giannis last year after Parker called him out

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd talks with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during a game last season against Cleveland.
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A Milwaukee mystery has been solved. Last season Giannis Antetokounmpo was a surprise scratch during an April game against the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. After the game, Antetokounmpo told reporters that he had no idea why he was benched for the game, and coach Jason Kidd simply stated over and over that it was a coach’s decision.

Now it appears we know what really happened.

Via Zach Lowe of ESPN: 

“Everyone within the Bucks describes Parker as a diligent worker who cares about the team first. It was Parker who called out Antetokounmpo for lazing through a practice in April, several team sources have told me. Jason Kidd, the team’s head coach, benched Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee’s next game — a move the team never explained publicly.”

It certainly is interesting that Kidd would side with a rookie player, and then actually go through with benching the Greek Freak for an important game late in the season and the Bucks shooting for the playoffs.

But who knows, perhaps it was all for the best, one young franchise player holding another young franchise player accountable.

While the Bucks have not done particularly well in the standings this season for multiple reasons, it does appear their two potential stars of the future are learning how to coexist.