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Bucks owners confident in Jason Kidd after second of 3-year deal

The Milwaukee Bucks' ownership group emphatically pledged its support of coach Jason Kidd and hinted at a possible extension.

Meeting with reporters in Milwaukee before the Bucks' 97-92 loss to Indiana, Bucks primary owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan were asked to address a report by the Racine Journal Times that Kidd was on shaky ground.

"At the end of the day, Jason is our coach," Lasry told reporters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I know there's been a bunch of articles. We think he's done a great job. He's our guy.

"Everybody who keeps talking about it, it's a non-issue. I never understand why in this league you have these issues."

Kidd is entering the final season of a three-year, $15 million contract and ownership hinted toward a Kidd extension, according to the Journal Sentinel.

"We've said before, we don't do contract talks during the season," Edens said before the game. "And we've still got three hours to go [before the season ends].

"Jason had real consideration, and rightfully so, to be coach of the year last year. We outperformed [expectations]. ... Jason is a young coach. We all have a lot of room to grow. We're happy with all the progress that has been made in many areas. We're not happy about 33 wins."

Kidd, who missed 17 games during the season after having hip surgery, said he wants to remain in Milwaukee and help the Bucks take that step forward.

"We're not that far off," Kidd said. "Being one of the youngest teams, I think we can take another big step next year.

"For me, I'm going to be here as long as my ownership wants me here. I still have a year on my deal. ... Last year we had older players that helped the younger players win. This year we went in a different direction, and we all have to be accountable for that. We went young, and the young players got better."

Ownership did express disappointment with the Bucks finishing 33-49 after making the playoffs last season with a 41-41 record.

The Bucks' future, though, remains bright with young talent such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. And the organization just completed a lease agreement to begin construction of a new downtown arena, with a groundbreaking ceremony set for June 18. The team plans on being in the new arena by the 2018-19 season.

"There's no question, from our standpoint the team underperformed this year," Edens said. "But in terms of the development of the team, you couldn't be more optimistic about it.

"We want to win next year; we're going to want to win the year after. This is a five-year plan. When you look at the players we have, look at the development of Giannis in the last three years. Look at the development of Jabari. ... We've got future All-Stars or future MVPs on this team. The potential for this team is phenomenal. The question is, do we reach that potential? And that's where we are."