Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the National Basketball Association season after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired after he crashed into a utility pole on Long Island last year.
Kidd was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated during summer 2012 after the accident in in Southampton, New York. He pleaded guilty in July to driving while ability impaired.
“The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past,” Nets General Manager Billy King said today in an e-mailed statement.
Kidd, 40, was hired by the Nets in June, nine days after ending a 19-year playing career. As an NBA point guard he compiled 12,091 assists and 2,684 steals -- trailing only Hall of Famer John Stockton in each category -- and was selected as an All-Star 10 times. He played with the Nets from 2001-08, helping the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
This offseason the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics, a duo with 25 combined All-Star appearances and an NBA title playing together. The Nets gave up three first-round draft picks in the trade and received guard Jason Terry.
The Nets open their season Oct. 30 on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kidd will also miss the team’s home opener two days later against LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat. He will make his regular season coaching debut Nov. 3 against the Orlando Magic.
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