Posted November 27, 2013

Video: Did Jason Kidd intentionally spill soda on court so Nets could draw up a play?

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Los Angeles Lakers, Tyshawn Taylor

Did Nets coach Jason Kidd instruct one of his players to run into him so that he could gain an extra timeout by intentionally spilling his soda on the court?

Yes, that’s a real question that needs to be asked after a wild finish to the Nets’ 99-94 home loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night.

With 8.3 seconds remaining and the Lakers leading 96-94, Jodie Meeks prepared to take the second of two free throws. Without any timeouts remaining, Kidd began a conversation with second-year guard Tyshawn Taylor while holding a plastic cup of soda and ice in his right hand. Taylor bumped into Kidd’s arm during the conversation, causing the soda to spill on the court, and Kidd initially bent over as if he was going to scoop up the ice cubes and cup before an official stopped the game so that an attendant could clean up the mess. Silly party foul, right?

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Maybe not. TheBrooklynGame.com reviewed the tape (see above) and concluded that Kidd apparently said “Hit me” to Taylor before the soda-spilling collision. Why cause such a mess? Two possible reasons: 1) to ice Meeks on his second free throw and 2) to draw up a play for Brooklyn’s final, game-deciding offensive possession.

Kidd said the spill was accidental during his postgame comments, according to TheBrooklynGame.

“Cup slipped out of my hand I was getting Ty,” Kidd said. “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball.”

“In the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the cup fell out of my hand.”

The New York Post reported Taylor’s take.

“Coach is drinking a soda on the sideline … I was like, ‘What’s he doing?’”

“It could ice a free throw shooter and be a timeout when you don’t have one, but that wasn’t the thought process.”

Here’s an animated look at Kidd’s mouth movements, the spillage and his reaction.

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Stunt or not, the Nets fell to 4-11 after Paul Pierce was unable to hit a potential game-tying three-pointer during Brooklyn’s last possession.

Assuming Kidd did this intentionally and the referees had caught it, he surely would have been assessed a technical foul for delaying the game. One wonders whether the NBA league office will investigate the incident.

The other question here, assuming this was intentional: Should Kidd have burned this tactic so early in the season? The Nets badly need a win, but this is a technique that can’t possibly be used more than once by the same coach. Maybe he should have saved it for the playoffs?

Video via YouTube user TheBrooklynGame

28 comments
Jan5
Jan5

Are you KIDDing me!

jasonxp
jasonxp

PLAYOFFS?! Don't talk about playoffs. You kiddin me? Playoffs?!

CrizDeJan
CrizDeJan

Cant believe Kidd will go down to this level.

UOfan
UOfan

Can't believe that this is what is considered news today. 

Jingbrit
Jingbrit

This incident is going to hang on Kidd like a nasty smell that won't go away, unless he somehow accomplishes A LOT.


A bit like that Kwame Brown pick hangs on Jordan. Greatest player ever, sure. Even the Wizard's comeback, fine whatever. But as an executive, he did pick that useless kid at No.1.


Same with Kidd. One of the best point guards ever. Finally got his ring at Dallas. As a coach, a bit of a clown..

Jon
Jon

Is this what SI is rising to in their journalistic pursuits...I guess he needs a job.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It was done very nicely. By Taylor, not Kidd. Taylor has a career in soccer if he tires of the NBA. A natural born flopper. Not in Luis Suarez's class, but good.  

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

LMAO that is hilarious!! The Nets could of lost a lot of respect from the rest of the NBA, if they would of had any in the first place. Train wreck team going nowhere,similar to the Knicks but tickets are cheaper. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

He should have at least thought of a code word to use instead of "hit me". If he wouldn't have said that it would have looked like a real mistake.

dukeemon
dukeemon

Hey everyone leave him alone, he's just a Kidd!!! 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

He's a good fit for this ghetto punk team.  lead by example prick

cazzoduro
cazzoduro

Next time he may fake a heart attack

Frotoon
Frotoon

What a punk. No class.

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

the funniest part is how he stumbles awkwardly like an old man rather than legitimately being knocked backward to avoid getting it on his suit.

Dunkinsdome
Dunkinsdome

Kidd should have never gotten that job. He has no right being an NBA coach. His players don't respect him. Who would after he beat his wife and has had numerous DUI's. He actually started the season on suspension. That is why sports are a joke these days. The video clearly states him saying "hit me" to the player. He is classless and needs to cheat to get an advantage. He will be exposed and won't be there very long. He needs counseling and then maybe come back and be an assistant coach for 3-4 years and learn the craft. Instead Nets were so desperate they brought in a guy who is under qualified and is trouble.

IF HE DOESNT GET SUSPENDED FOR A WEEK THEN THE NBA SHOULD START CALLING THEMSELVES THE WWF.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Next in his bag of tricks is throwing a banana peel onto the court when an opponent is going on a fast break.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

That is funny!  The Laker players were calling Kidd out for this (especially Shawne Williams) but the refs must have missed it

JubJub
JubJub

A high school trick by a high school coach.

villepeople
villepeople

I think it is pretty obvious that Kidd is in over his head.

bambam824
bambam824

@Jon Kidd tried to "ice down" the Lakers Jodie Meeks at the free throw line, it's an old school play, and newsworthy. Jodie dropped "all net" on that last free throw anyway.

AaronWalker
AaronWalker

It's not that serious lol calm down crybaby