The Brooklyn Nets lost by 19 points in their first game since coach Jason Kidd was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for intentionally spilling a drink on the court to delay a game.
The Nets lost 114-95 last night at the Houston Rockets, falling to 4-12 this season.
Kidd, 40, was fined for his actions two days earlier in a 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers -- a game in which his team was trailing without any timeouts remaining.
With Brooklyn trailing the Lakers by two points with 8.3 seconds remaining in a game at the Barclays Center, Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor bumped into Kidd and the coach spilled his cup of soda. As the court was wiped clean, the Nets drew up a play and, after the Lakers made a foul shot, Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining.
Kidd denied the spill was intentional. Television replays showed Kidd apparently telling Taylor to “hit me.”
“The league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” Kidd told reporters yesterday. “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.”
In June, Kidd became the first person since Avery Johnson in 2005 to become an NBA head coach in the season after his retirement as a player. Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the NBA season after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired.
The Nets are tied for 12th in the NBA’s 15-team Eastern conference. The team entered the season with the fourth-best odds at 11-to-2 to win the conference, according to online sportsbook Bovada.lv.
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