By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published May 11, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Sports fans certainly don’t make teams’ decisions, but if the #FireJasonKidd movement taught us anything, it’s that Bucks Twitter is a vocal and predictive force that shouldn’t be ignored. After months of social-media moaning about Kidd’s questionable decisions and comments, the Milwaukee Bucks finally relieved him of his coaching duties in January, elevating assistant Joe Prunty to the interim job.

Of course, that didn’t really work out either, as Milwaukee earned the No. 7 seed in the playoffs, lost to the Boston Celtics in the first-round and is now in the midst of a formal job search for its next head coach.

Reportedly, the Bucks plan to interview – or already have spoken with – Ettore Messina, David Blatt, James Borrego, Mike Budenholzer, Steve Clifford, Becky Hammon and Monty Williams. That’s a lot of names; to get to know them a little better, click here.

Swift, snarky and sophisticated, NBA Twitter is a force to be reckoned with and, thanks to their ability to reply to teams and tweet at players, fans can feel like their voices are really being heard on the platform. We can’t know how the interviews go or who the Bucks plan to hire, but we can gauge, to some degree, people’s opinions and feelings about certain coaching candidates.

Fizziology, a global audience insights company that delivers business-critical social media services to different industries, gave us some Twitter analytics and insights about a few of the Bucks’ prospective head coaches, including a couple of the bigger names.

"Through rigorous analytics, deep audience insights, and real-time context, Fizziology provides meaningful insights and understanding to the social media conversation," the company said. For more information, visit the social media research firm’s website.

So, what did Fizziology find?

Bucks Coaching Vacancy - Fan Opinion

Summary: "Bucks fans like their options for Head Coach next season. At the top of the list in terms of both volume and sentiment is Mike Budenholzer, who is largely considered the favorite/safest choice. Becky Hammon saw the second most mentions in Bucks Head Coach conversation, as fans think she would be a great fit with the organization, and trust that she has the tools to be a great head coach. A smaller segment hopes to see Joe Prunty reclaim his spot, while about half of Prunty mentions came from Buck's fans who are ready to move on with a new coach entirely."

Becky Hammon

Summary: "Don't think Becky Hammon is qualified to be a head coach in the NBA? Think again. NBA fans came to her defense over the past two days sharing praise and acclaim for Hammon citing her experience in the WNBA, internationally, and as a Spurs Assistant Coach. Celebrity athletes Hope Solo and Billie Jean King were retweeted after sharing empowered tweets referencing Hammon's achievements. Conversation about Hammon is overwhelmingly positive as fans hope she is an NBA Head Coach by the start of next season."

Organic Twitter conversation: 39%

Organic sentiment: 98% Positive, 1% Mixed, <1% Negative

Gender: 58% Male, 42% Female

Organic mentions of teams with potential head coach vacancies: 6% Bucks, 5% Pistons, 2% Raptors

Tweet samples:

RT @hopesolo: My #MondayMotivation — @BeckyHammon. Keep breaking barriers in the @NBA!

RT @BillieJeanKing: The time for more female head coaches in professional sports is now. She’s exceptionally qualified and experienced. I’m rooting for you, @BeckyHammon. #womenwholead

Great to see progress being made even if ever so slowly. @BeckyHammon is an inspiration to women leaders everywhere.

@ESPNNBA @Rachel__Nichols The @DetroitPistons should hire @1MrBigShot to run the team and @BeckyHammon to coach it.

I'd love to see Becky Hammon as the coach of the #Raptors.

can the Clippers please hire Becky Hammon

If the @Bucks don’t hire Becky Hammon, the @Raptors should

Real talk: if the Wolves don’t fire Thibs and D rose, and the Bucks hire Becky Hammon I might have to peace out and join team #FearTheDeer

@wojespn Now waiting for you to announce the @Bucks hiring of Becky Hammon

I’m in on Becky Hammon as the next @Bucks coach

Mike Budenholzer

Organic Twitter conversation: 46%

Organic sentiment: 99% Positive, <1% Mixed, <1% Negative

Tweet samples:

The Bucks need a new coach — they can't afford to pass on Mike Budenholzer

Budenholzer best of the lot by far

Wouldn’t be shocked if Budenholzer got the job and then brings Hammon in as a top assistant coach.

Joe Prunty

Organic Twitter conversation: 8%

Organic sentiment: 50% Positive, 10% Mixed, 40% Negative

Tweet samples:

joe prunty is the best coach for the job, he has HC experience in this market and is the only one of the candidates who has worked with giannis. keep prunty imo

So is Joe Prunty still employed by the #Bucks or what?

Why hasn’t Joe Prunty officially been ruled out as the next @Bucks head coach yet? What is taking so long??

Other coaches mentioned: Messina 4%, Jeff Van Gundy 2%, Dwane Casey 2%, Williams 2%, Blatt 1%, Rick Carlisle 1%, Mark Jackson 1%

Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.

After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.

Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.