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Jason Kidd suspended from first two games as coach after DWI guilty plea

Oct 4, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

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Jason Kidd’s first game as coach of the Brooklyn Nets will not be Oct. 30 when the team tips off the season in Cleveland. Nor will it be against the Heat two nights later. It will now be in Orlando on Nov. 3.

We told you this was likely coming back in July but now the league has made it official — Kidd has been suspended two games after pleading guilty to a driving while intoxicated case. This is pretty much the standard DWI suspension from the league for players and coaches.

Lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank will coach the team for those two games.

Kidd retired as a player this summer and stepped in as the head coach of the Nets in a big gamble by an organization that brought in a lot of talent but has a very short — likely one year — championship window. Kidd will have his jersey retired by the Nets on Oct. 17.

Back in the July 2012 Kidd crashed his SUV into a tree in the Hamptons in New York and was arrested for driving under the influence. Nobody was hurt injured in the incident, which is fortunate. This summer Kidd pled guilty while his attorney said the future Hall of Famer had to own up to it.

All in all, Kidd gets off pretty lightly for something that could have been far worse and more serious.

  1. 24thesho - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Really, they could have suspended him after the first 2 games.

  2. freddysanford - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    For the life of me I cannot figure out why this Kidd got a head coaching job. He will fail miserably. He’s not a leader. I mean hello??? Wow. Pure idiocy in NBA exec ranks.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:37 AM

      Jason Kidd is not a leader? That’s the first I’ve heard of that. He might be a Ulysses Grant type – alcoholic, failure in just about everything else, but one damn fine warrior and general.

      I don’t know how all this is going to turn out for the Nets, but even disregarding his career, and based only on what Kidd has been saying since his hire, I’m expecting him to be a quality head coach.

      Terms like “intense defense” and “selfless teamwork” are not employed as generic catchphrases for him – it’s been his life for most of the last 20 years. He’s pragmatic, charismatic, open minded, intelligent, and he has the full respect of the players. (he can also steal their girls)

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Freddy Sanford has always been senile. Funny as hell, but senile.

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