Posted November 29, 2013

Jason Kidd admits he ‘probably shouldn’t have’ spilled soda, but he was ‘trying to win’

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

Nets coach Jason Kidd told reporters Friday that his decision to intentionally spill soda on the court to delay the game during the closing seconds of a Wednesday night loss to the Lakers was a simple matter of pursuing victory.

”It’s about trying to win and those guys in that locker room, and I tried to put those guys in a position to get a basket, a good look and we did,” Kidd said, according to the Associated Press.

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.

Video replay of the sequence suggested that Kidd instructed Taylor to “hit me,” causing the spill and the subsequent delay of game. During the stoppage of play, which happened to ice Meeks at the free throw line, a Nets assistant coach diagrammed a play for Brooklyn’s final offensive possession. 

Despite receiving a $50,000 fine from the NBA on Thanksgiving Day for his action, Kidd said the plan, which he said he concocted after “listening to other coaches or other owners talk about coaches and what they’ve done,” worked as he had hoped.

”Paul [Pierce] got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” he said. ”We’ll move on.”

The Nets fell to 4-11 after Meeks made his second free throw and Pierce was unable to hit a potential game-tying three-pointer during Brooklyn’s last possession.

TheBrooklynGame.com reported that Kidd initially told reporters during his postgame comments on Wednesday that the spill was not intentional.

“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.”

Kidd came clean about the messy spill before the Nets faced the Rockets in Houston on Friday. The Associated Press reported that Kidd’s opposing number had a humorous take on the unusual events.

Houston coach Kevin McHale offered a one word answer when he was asked for his opinion on the move before Friday night’s game against the Nets. ”Expensive,” he said with a smile.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had a harsher take.

“I don’t think that’s very savvy or cool,” D’Antoni said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kidd did have at least one high-profile backer.

“If I ever become a coach, I’m using that drink spill trick,” Warriors forward Andre Iguodala tweeted on Wednesday.

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

jason-kidd-spill

Kidd announced his retirement in June following a 19-year career and he was hired by the Nets as coach less than two weeks later. The Nets retired his No. 5 jersey in October.

Video via YouTube user TheBrooklynGame

39 comments
josebier
josebier

I think the NBA should fine him again for proving that he has absolutely zero integrity.  He may have admitted to his actions but that doesn't take away from his antics...You are a professional coach, please act like one, Kidd


TheDistrict
TheDistrict

How in the world do you run out of timeouts in an NBA game?

kevred
kevred

A clear demonstration of low character. You can get away with that as a player in the context of other players, but not as a leader of men. Look for Kidd to have a short and mediocre run as a coach.

CrizDeJan
CrizDeJan

He thought he can get away with it.  Such way to start his coaching career..hoax, lies, hoax.   And just trying to get a WIN??? Come 'on!   We aint stupid!!

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Sadly this may be the highlight of his coaching career.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

bad coach, worse liar and just like lance, braun and every cheater, admits it when he's caught. pathetic

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

1 out of 4 is not bad

Now Kidd needs to admitt to being

a woman beater

a drunk

and a terrible head coach  and all will be right with the world once more...

slickwilly
slickwilly

I like it.  

It shows that although he's a horrible coach, he's still committed to winning and is willing to take a $50,000 fine in order to help his team.

effeweall
effeweall

there is not enough soda in NYC to distract everyone from the Nets.

CALI_DREAMING
CALI_DREAMING

Actually he was playing virtual black jack and was holding a ace and a 3 of diamonds and was telling the dealer "hit me" 

Beth3
Beth3

He's honest in fessing up. I admire that. 

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

When they stop carrying the ball just on a normal dribble (much less the cross-over moves), stop travelling, stop calling a foul every time a star player drives the lane and let a defensive player hold his position when the offensive player is backing him down to the basket, call me...until then the game is just not watchable.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

What's wrong with this league!?!?! Now even the soda pop is flopping!

R3
R3

This jerk should be kicked out of the league. What a disgrace. "Trying to win"?? Really?

miguelit0
miguelit0

@kevred How does spilling a drink to get a free timeout have anything to do with character..?

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WHO*IS*ESPN For someone who absolutely despises everything about sports, you sure do comment a lot about the stories. 

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@WHO*IS*ESPN except that he admitted it within 48 hours and everyone had a laugh. he hasn't scammed millions out of anyone. 

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Bit overboard don't you think...........? I mean.... being judge and jury a little aren't ya??........... Woman beater..yes, Drunk..(on what grounds?), Terrible coach...(Yeah, 12 games into a ROOKIE tenure..........) I'd hate to get a parking ticket if you were the judge.... Life sentence maybe? 25 years for jaywalking??

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@slickwilly He admitted it because it was so obvious and he got caught. Let's not make him Saint Kidd anytime soon.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@slickwilly kinda doubt he knew $50k was coming his way, but nice to teach sportsmanship to your team. I know that's laughable with so called pro's but kids do watch

playrighter
playrighter

@CALI_DREAMING   One TV host teased the video with this line:  Usually, the only place you can say "Hit me" and lose $50,000 is Las Vegas.  (KTLA,  Los Angeles, I believe).

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@Beth3 HE GOT CAUGHT YOU MORON. HOW STUPID AND NAIVE CAN YOU POSSIBLY BE?!?!?!

walterwhite
walterwhite

@Beth3 He's honest because he got caught.  If he hadn't, he wouldn't have 'fessed up.'  Not admirable in the least.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@MaryStricker Go watch something else....... We love our sport as is and don't want your stupid insight................. We aint changing it for you either so no need for another comment from u as you aint watching right??

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@R3 Just started watching NBA huh? Been going on for YEARS. 

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

@R3  

so when people flop on purpose to draw a foul, they to should be kicked out of the league.  They are simply "trying to win" by flopping.  If this is a bannable offense, so should flopping.  

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@miguelit0 @kevred You're a moron. The guy did something obviously slimy and you don't even know that it's a complete bush-league stunt. Please tell me you don't have kids.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@StacyHutchens

"Woman beater ... yes" you should have stopped typing there, but you continued to prove your stupidity.... i am sure if it was you or someone you cared about your opinion of Kidd would be different !!!.. who am i kidding by the sound of it and your avatar picture you would take the odds beating to live the fancy lifestyle Kidd could provide...


I am fair , i believe everyone has should be given the freedom and has the right to do ANYTHING !!!! they want, UNTIL it affects another human being in any negative way, then i am the type that will bring down the hammer, regardless of whom you are... i do not care if you are old , young, rich, poor, tall, short, fat, skinny, pretty, ugly, white, black,  pink or purple, able or cripple...i do not care... you do wrong/ involve another person you should pay... litterally
the system would be scared of a person like me making decisions because doing the right thing scares a lot of people.

what1234
what1234

@WHO*IS*ESPN @slickwilly Paul "my leg is broke and I'll never play again" Pierce is "playing" (using the term loosely given his effectiveness) for them. 


What do you expect?

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@StacyHutchens I am willing to bet a lot of money that StacyHutchens has a disgusting wife with whom he hasn't made love to in a better part of a decade. I mean, who else would have a picture like that? Although it doesn't help that I'm sure StacyHutchens can't see his own manhood due to his gigantic jelly roll.

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@MikeHarrison @R3 Yes, moron, flopping should get you suspended at least a game. I swear, sports fans are so ridiculously stupid it's unbelievable.