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NBA Fines Nets Coach Kidd $50,000 After Spilling Drink For Delay

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Brooklyn Nets Coach Jason Kidd
In June, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason 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. Photographer: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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