The NBA fined Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd $50,000 for a stunt he pulled on Wednesday night in which he purposefully dropped a cup of soda on the sidelines to buy his team some extra time during a play stoppage.
During the late stages of the Nets' 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the first-year head coach seemed to ask guard Tyshawn Taylor to run into him on purpose, knocking his cup of soda over, buying the Nets a few more seconds during a substitution.
(Via Brooklyn Game)
Kidd publicly denied doing it on purpose, but if you look at the initial contact, it appears as if he tells Taylor to "hit me."
It's a crafty move for a rookie coach. The Nets were out o
Friday, Kidd says he was just "trying to win" when he intentionally spilled a drink on the court. He tried to avoid talking about it Friday, but when pressed, he said: "Paul (Pierce) got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn't have done."
He also says: "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."
The Nets had time to draw up a play while the floor was being cleaned after the spill in a loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.