Nets coach Jason Kidd tells Tyshawn Taylor to “Hit Me”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Jason Kidd struggles overseeing a $187 million roster plagued with injuries. As Brooklyn tries to chip away at the Lakers’ 27-point lead, the Nets coach suddenly realizes he doesn’t have any timeouts remaining. So with the Lakers nursing a three-point lead while Jodie Meeks shoots a pair of free throws with 8.3 seconds left, Kidd appears to tell Tyshawn Taylor to hit him.

Taylor obliges by running into Kidd, spilling his cup over the floor and forcing the referee to stop the play.

How do you explain this?

“Cup slipped out of my hand as I was getting Ty out. Sweaty palms, I was never good with the ball,” joked Kidd, who ranks second in the NBA’s all-time assists record. “In the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game. The coke fell out of my hand.”

Right.

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