Jason Kidd gets 2-game suspension for DUI
The NBA on Friday imposed a two-game suspension on first-year Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, who pleaded guilty in July to a drunken-driving charge.
The New York Times
DURHAM, N.C. – The NBA on Friday imposed a two-game suspension on Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, who pleaded guilty in July to a drunken-driving charge.
The punishment was expected, and it matched the league’s penalties for similar incidents.
The suspension will delay the coaching debut of Kidd, who had a 19-year playing career as a point guard.
The Nets open the season Oct. 30 on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers and host the defending champion Miami Heat on Nov. 1.
Kidd will be eligible to make his debut Nov. 3, when the Nets visit the Orlando Magic.
“We all knew that it was going to come at some point,” he said. “You have to be responsible. The league came down with the suspension, and I accept that. If a player’s out, guys have got to step up. ... My coaching staff is more than capable of stepping up.”
Kidd, 40, rammed his sport-utility vehicle into a telephone pole in the Hamptons around 2 a.m. on July 15, 2012.
The accident occurred days after he signed to play for the New York Knicks; he was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
Kidd, who retired after last season, negotiated a plea deal this summer that included community service around New York.
“There’s no distraction,” Kidd said. “It’s just a part of business, being accountable and being able to move on.”
Kidd said he had not yet decided who would be his replacement for the two games, but assistant coach Lawrence Frank seemed the obvious choice.
Frank already has established himself as perhaps the most vocal presence on the coaching staff.
Billy King, the Nets’ general manager, said in a statement, “The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past, and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year.”
The Nets will finish their six-day training camp Saturday at Duke University.
After Friday’s practice, several players played down the effect of Kidd’s suspension.
“We pretty much knew this was coming,” point guard Deron Williams said. “It’s pretty mandatory for the NBA to issue a two-game suspension for this type of incident.”
Williams said the Nets would “be comfortable” with Frank as coach.