By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Sep 08, 2014 at 1:04 PM

This summer marks the seventh in which Jason Kidd has begun preparing for an NBA season in a new city, so you would think the process of finding a home, settling in, and exploring a new city would be old hat.

And maybe it was, as a player – he was in Dallas twice, and ended his career in New York with the Knicks before "moving" the next year to coach in Brooklyn.

But it’s still moving, so there was only one "easier" thing that popped into his mind as far as transitioning this summer to Milwaukee as the new Bucks head coach.

"Physically, yes," he said with laugh. "Physically because you work out – not to say I don’t work out – but I don’t try to kill myself during the summer working out."

His brain hasn’t quite relaxed, though – even if he was trying to take in a Brewers game Saturday evening at Miller Park.

"I think coaching is a little bit different because it never stops," he said. "Because you’re always thinking how to make your players better, put them in a better situation to be successful."

The less strenuous physical schedule has allowed for more free time however, and the 41-year-old has taken advantage of it as he’s begun to explore his new home following his trade from Brooklyn in early July.

"We’ve definitely gone to the park, we’ve gone to the museum, to Discovery (World) – people say it’s cold here, but the weather has been absolutely beautiful," he said. "The lake is beautiful, we’ve gone to dinner, we’ve been to Carnevor, we’ve been to a couple other sushi places, we walked around the market, the public market, so we’ve done a couple things."

As a visiting player and coach for two decades, Kidd only experienced Milwaukee from that vantage point – days were limited to the airport, a trip to the hotel, one to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and back to the airport.

"You get to see it differently," he said with a smile. "This is different. When you look at coming as an opponent, you came it was cold and you tried to get into the hotel as quick as possible and it was a quick turnaround. So, you didn’t get to go out to go to a different restaurant or see the city itself.

"It’s a lot better than being on that other side of the coin, coming in in less than 24 hours, to get to see Milwaukee."

By getting out into the city, Kidd has also opened himself up for it personally.

"The people have been great," he said. "It’s been the Midwest. It’s just been something that when you talk about everybody being polite, saying hello, very gracious, very excited talking about the Bucks and looking forward to the season. Maybe that hasn’t been in the past, but we’ve got great, great owners, we’ve got a great young team, so it’s been nice."

He has taken in a couple of Brewers games and, as a golfer, looks forward to some greater access to the premier courses in the state.

In fact, he did a "guys trip" last summer to play courses in Chicago and then drove up to Whistling Straits and Erin Hills – two of the nation’s finest public-access golf courses located within an hour of Milwaukee.

And, each will host upcoming major championships (the 2015 PGA Championship at The Straits, and the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills) during his contracted time in the Cream City.

"We had a great time there and so, the golf here is just as good as anywhere else," he said. "Hey, I just want to see – I can’t wait to see those professionals hit from some of those tee boxes. They make the game look so easy."

As for what’s next on his to-do list in Milwaukee – its trying the local coffee brews, and then seeing if there’s a convenient stop between the Cousins Center in St. Francis and the BMO Harris Bradley Center Downtown.

While his offseasons aren’t as hectic as they used to be, and he’s been able to get out and about, basketball doesn’t stop.

The new Bucks coach has been keeping an eye on two of his key players who have been competing this summer in international competition – center Zaza Pachulia (Georgia) and Antetokounmpo (Greece).

"I keep tabs," he said. "I keep tabs on Giannis and Zaza – he had a great summer. My thing right now is to talk to Zaza because he’s back (in Milwaukee) and just see how he feels physically. Being a part of summer basketball, it’s a long season so you want to make sure he gets the proper rest and that he’s ready to go. He had a heck of a summer. But just watching Giannis, he still amazes me, being able to dribble twice from three quarters court, and only being 19, and I think the future is very bright for him."

Now that he’s "home," Kidd has a few weeks left to enjoy the city before the real work begins. The Bucks media day is three weeks from today, a day which will end with a team dinner. Training camp then begins on Sept. 30.

"Being in a new situation with a new group of 15 guys, there’s always thoughts of how can I make Giannis better, how can I make Jabari (Parker) better, putting them in a position to be successful," he said. "The same thing with the guys that have been here, you talk about (Ersan) Ilysaova, (Brandon) Knight, (Khris) Middleton, so it’s a lot more of a mental whirl, a chess game of trying to understand how to make these guys better."

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.