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Jason Kidd admits he “probably” shouldn’t have spilled drink but was “trying to win”

Nov 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

If you have a really clever idea to get your team a timeout at the end of a game — say for example having your player run into you so you spill your drink on the court — save it for a late season or playoff game when it matters, don’t waste it in November.

That’s not what Jason Kidd took away from his little move of having Tyshawn Taylor run into him (you can see Kidd mouth the words “hit me”) then spilling his coke on the floor, giving him a defacto timeout to draw up one last play against the Lakers to try and tie the game (a Paul Pierce shot off a Kevin Garnett screen, a shot PP missed).

What Kidd did take away a $50,000 fine from the league.

After that he sounded semi-remorseful about the incident, speaking with reporters before the Nets game against the Rockets Friday night, as brought to us via ESPN.

“Paul [Pierce] got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” he said. “We’ll move on….

“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,” he said.

What’s more likely to help the Nets win is getting Brook Lopez back on the court, which happened Friday night after he missed the previous seven games. Lopez is the Nets best player (their defense is much better with him out there, too) and they are going to need him and Deron Williams healthy and playing well to turn around their 4-11 start.

  1. jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    He’s still bummed that he wasted Jack Daniels.

    • dannymac17 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      im bummed he wasted jack too.

  2. lastdukestreetking - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Desperation makes people do stupid stuff. This was a perfect example.

  3. cmehustle - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Lol!!!! Yo thats the smartest move he’s made all season! And Im a diehard Nets fan! That move alone gotta keep the wolves at bay for a least a few more games….

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Did he seriously admit doing it on purpose? Wow.

    • kinggw - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      He didn’t exactly have plausible deniability with that camera catching him mouthing the words “hit me”. If that didn’t happen, i’m sure Kidd would’ve claimed ignorance.

  5. drewzducks - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Only wish Taylor had misunderstood him and cold-cocked him.

  6. larrybrown43 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    You’re now the head coach not a player. Time to separate and grow up. You’re not a Kidd anymore.

  7. shadowshand - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM


    Just trying to give his guy a good look? Just trying to win the game? Just about those guys in that locker room? Wonder what he might try next. Maybe he’s the smartest coach ever and Red or Phil would have done the same if they had only thought of it. Or maybe Kidd, for all his credentials, has a lack of respect for the game.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Jason Kidd won’t have any playoff or relevant late season games to use this tactic so he might as well have used it now.

  9. baredon - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Trying to win, but cheating… Now that’s a fine coach….buttwipe..!!

  10. manhandler1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    How about “trying to cheat?”

  11. amallred - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    It’s called cheating. Unfortunately today we live in a society where cheating is pervasive: in politics, in corporations, in sports, in personal lives and relationships, yet there seems to be no accountability. $50,000 is probably a minor inconvenience for coach Kidd and probably will do nothing but make him more creative and stealthy when he cheats again (and he will).

  12. 32stork - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Is anyone surprised that this wife beating punk whose owners were stupid enough to sign over the hill players like Garnett and Pierce, has his team getting the daylights kicked out of them?!

  13. jason9696 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I wonder if he is friends with Mike Tomlin?

  14. borg9 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Should’ve saved it for a playoff game.

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