Nets Coach Kidd Fined $50,000 After Spilled Drink Causes Delay

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling a drink on the court to stop the clock late in a game with his team out of timeouts, the National Basketball Association said in an e-mail.

With Brooklyn trailing the Los Angeles Lakers by two points with 8.3 seconds remaining in a game at the Barclays Center two days ago, 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, 40, denied the spill was intentional. Television replays showed Kidd apparently telling Taylor to “hit me.”

“Sweaty palms,” Kidd, who retired with the NBA’s second-leading assist total, said according to the New York Times. “I was never good with the ball.”

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 4-11, tied for 12th in the 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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