Posted October 04, 2013

Jason Kidd suspended two games after pleading guilty in DWI case

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Jason Kidd

Coach Jason Kidd will miss the Nets’ first two regular-season games. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Nets coach Jason Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

The NBA’s announcement Friday means that Kidd, 40, won’t make his regular-season coaching debut until Nov. 3 at Orlando. The Nets open the season at Cleveland on Oct. 30 and play host to Miami on Nov. 1.

“The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past, and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement.

In July 2012, Kidd was charged with drunken driving after crashing his SUV into a telephone pole in Southampton, N.Y. The arrest came days after Kidd signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks, of which he fulfilled only one season before retiring. The Nets hired Kidd as their coach in June, and a month later he pleaded guilty and was placed on interim probation.

The Nets could turn to Lawrence Frank to serve as coach during Kidd’s absence. Frank, who coached the Nets from 2004-09 and the Pistons from 2011-13, was hired as Kidd’s top assistant. The coaching staff also includes John Welch, Joe Prunty and Charles Klask.

Brooklyn plays its first preseason game in Washington on Tuesday.

8 comments
bambam824
bambam824

What's next? Vodka martini halftimes?

Marty2
Marty2

I don't get the New York/New Jersey fascination for this guy.  What am I missing?  He as more than a few faults that would seem to make him less than desirable to have associated with your team.

MichaelC
MichaelC

Nice decision-making. Signs a 3 year contract with Knicks. Drives drunk (and out of PURE luck, hits a utility pole instead of let's say ... a PERSON or FAMILY). Plays a year with Knicks and has a crappy year. Decides to call it quits though he has a couple years left on his contract. Gets handed the Nets coaching job.

 This is a guy who's made bad or selfish decisions ever since his Cal days. Arrested for hit and run and leaving the scene of a crime before his rookie season. Paternity suits. Was a cancer for the Mavs. He struck his wife. He did the "NBA" thing (hookers, strippers, gambling, etc.).

He was a GREAT player. But he's made stupid decisions or done stupid things throughout his life. Don't see any reason why this trend doesn't continue. Don't blame his upbringing (middle class family in Oakland suburb - NOT ghetto).

slickwilly
slickwilly

This hiring has disaster written all over it.

Jafari
Jafari

@MichaelC He seems to know how to run an offense, however, and if I ever need someone to throw a bachelor party, according to you, he's the man. What more do you want?