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Latest Nets embarrassment: Leaving court early at end of loss to Spurs

Jan 1, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

As expected, the San Antonio Spurs blew the Brooklyn Nets out Tuesday night, 113-92, but things got a little strange at the end.

The Spurs were just trying to dribble out the clock, but the shot clock was not off and there was 0.2 seconds left after their possession. The referees whistled a 24-second violation and gave the ball to the Nets for a perfunctory out of bounds play.

Except the Nets couldn’t inbound the ball because there were not enough Brooklyn players on the court meet league rules and start the play. The Nets had all gone to the locker room. Jason Kidd had to use a time out to stop the clock, go get players and bring them back out for the final play.

That’s not on the refs, they are there to enforce the rules. As for the Nets this season, just another brick in the wall.

  1. thetooloftools - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Jason Kidd is an idiot. Period. Even the players hate him. the owner has $…. get a REAL coach.

    • albertmn - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Well, as many others have pointed out, Kidd was not the correct hire for a team of veterans that had (at best) a short window to try to compete. If they wanted to try to make a run, and their chances were slim, they needed a veteran coach, not a new guy trying to learn the ropes.

  2. rickyspanish - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    The looks on Los Spurs faces is priceless.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Pop’s face at the 0:28 second mark says it all. Bush league.

  4. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Heckuva job, Kiddy.

  5. timb12 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    The Nets were inbounding, not the Spurs. The Nets are a mess.

  6. sportsfan18 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    The Russian is gonna give out bullets for year end bonuses!

    He’ll have them delivered at high speed, before the players leave the locker room.

  7. joshm5683 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    As hilarious as the meltdown in Brooklyn is, I think most players would have left the court. The final buzzer does sound and it takes them a little bit to put the .2 back on the clock. I’m all about bashing the Nets, but this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal

    • limonadamas - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      I agree… it’s a 21 point lead and there’s not even enough time on the clock for a catch and shoot.

      I would disagree with Kurt and say that this actually is on the refs. There’s enough embarrassment surrounding this team without rubbing it in. They were technically following the letter of the law, but sometimes there are better ways to handle things.

      • spursareold - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

        Nope. A team of professionals would be aware that there is too much time on the clock for SA to dribble it out in the first place. What a huge bunch of quitters.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      If Kidd had let all but 5 of his players go to the locker room, we could debate whether that was good or bad psychology. But it really looks like he had simply failed to process the fact that the shot clock had continued to run. The alternative explanation, that he assumed the officials would simply blow off any remaining time, is a non-starter in a professional sports league. The fact that not one other coach nor player on the Nets seems to have been paying any more attention just makes the situation that much more embarrassing (all right, more surreal). But no one should be more embarrassed than the owner who funded this team so lavishly. Is he? We’ll find out quickly enough.

  8. jimtron11 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    How was this not a delay of game technical foul? You get a ball for tapping the ball after a made basket, but not this?

    • spursareold - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      I believe Kidd had to use a TO to prevent the delay of game.

  9. legend30 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    This defines the season the Nets are having, absolutely comical.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    How embarrassing. I feel bad for Kidd. I really wanted him to do well in this league as a coach but his seat is as hot as the sun right now. Love the look on Timmy’s face though! And Kidd’s! He got that “Oh lawd, what is I gon’ do” look on his face.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Time to try to blow this whole team up. Including Deron.

    • money2long - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      blowing up deron. hm, we don’t wanna hurt his ankle. or is it too late

  12. brugis23 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Says the lakers fan

  13. ahash1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    it’s always sad when you see such a great player ending his professional career this way.. ..

    • davidly - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      Sadder still to what it die
      Than never to have known it
      For you the blind who once could see
      The bell tolls for thee…

  14. 00maltliquor - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:49 AM


  15. usm418 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    The Nets are a perfect storm of an aging overrated roster and managerial dysfunction.

  16. program33 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Now that is embarrassing…coach. It’s not only about injuries. Looks as though you have no control or respect from your players. Just an opinion.

  17. cheathamhouse1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Oh come on refs! 0.2 seconds! Talk about kicking them when there down. They already are the joke of the league right now. Darn!

  18. rodyaugu - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    “Come back guys, we can still win this game”

    -Optimistic Kidd-

  19. obmig - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    It’s a joke that Kidd was hired to coach this old group of babies. It will probably set his coaching career back a full decade and it’s not his fault. This was the worst scenario possible for a first time coach to walk in to. Every basketball fan I know talked about how horrible of a hire it was the day it happened. Nothing that has happened in Brooklyn this season should be a suprise to anyone.

  20. aschitown - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Mikhail, Mikhail, Mikhail, you obviously don’t know anything about sports and it’s time to pull the plug on this embarrassment. The Yankees try year after year to load up on talent and over spend but that rarely guarantees them a post season let alone a championship.

    Mikhail, you’re the biggest fool in NBA history…

    You spent $200 Million on assembling a veteran team to go out and win this year and then you hire a first year coach to run them? You should have over-paid Phil Jackson. You should have offered him another $100 Million just to coach these fools…

    Mikhail, do you even watch basketball? Do you watch any sports?

    You know what you should do, have a fantasy GM contest and Raffle off the chance to manage the team for the rest of the season. Charge $10 an entry and you may make some of your money back.

    Or just hire me, for christ’s sake I couldn’t do a worse job.

  21. aschitown - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Somewhere Pat Riley is laughing at the notion that these guys were going to challenge the Heat this year.

  22. bougin89 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    This team has enough talent that it shouldn’t be getting completely blown out every other game. The Nets are unfocused and a real mess.

  23. glenuendo - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Wow, Andre Kirilenko leaving the court early. I’m a little shocked. He knows better since he was with the Jazz when they were still considered a class organization.

  24. iamhoraceknight - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    This is more of the refs doing too much as usual. There were .2 seconds left, that time could/should have just run off, the game was delayed an extra 5 mins behind that shenanigans. Yes, the Nets are a mess, but I blame this on the refs who want to bigger stars than they really are.

  25. El Pollo Loco - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    remember when Kidd got Lou Campanelli fired at Cal?What goes around comes around punk

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