Going for the spill of victory has cost Jason Kidd $50,000.
The NBA dropped the hammer on the Brooklyn Nets coach, who appeared to intentionally drop a cup of soda late in the Nets’ loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night in the Barclays Center. Kidd, who was out of timeouts, appeared to mouth the words “hit me” to Tyshawn Taylor in order to stop play with 8.3 seconds left and the Lakers up 96-94. While Kidd supervised the cleanup like a good coach, his assistants drew up a last-second play. The Nets went on to lose 99-94. Afterward, Kidd, whose team has won only four games this season, seemed to wink about his clumsiness.
“Cup slipped out of my hand while I was getting Ty,” Kidd said (via ESPN). “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball. In the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the cup fell out of my hand.”
Taylor denied that Kidd instructed him to “hit me,” in a kind of modern-day modified limited hangout that drew a “Soda Popped!” headline from the New York Post,
“I wasn’t paying attention. I just kind of bumped him. I didn’t even know he was holding [anything]. [But] coach was drinking a soda on the sideline. I was like, ‘What’s he doing?’ It could ice a free throw shooter and be a timeout when you don’t have one, but that wasn’t the thought process. I was just coming out, and he was in my way. ‘Coach, get out of my way, bro.’ ”
Over in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin got in the way of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones on the sideline and Jones offered perhaps the best explanation, when asked about Kidd and Tomlin. “Coaches are smart nowadays. You gotta do what you gotta do.” Jones said. “It’s hard to get a win out here on the streets.”
The NBA’s response was to hit Kidd and hit him good. No doubt Mike Bloomberg approves.
H/T SI for the GIF