Next time, Jason Kidd might want to put a lid on his cup. Or keep track better of his timeouts.
The NBA fined the Brooklyn coach $50,000 for intentionally spilling a drink on the floor in the waning seconds of the Lakers’ 99-94 win Wednesday over the Nets in an attempt to stop the game without any timeouts remaining.
Kidd appeared to tell Tyshaun Taylor “to hit me.” Taylor obliges and knocks into Kidd’s shoulder, causing the Nets coach to drop his soda on the floor. The move appeared to try to ice Jodie Meeks at the free throw line and give the Nets a chance to draw up a final play with 8.6 seconds remaining.
Neither scenario worked.
Meeks hit both free throws. Then, while Nets assistant John Welch drew up a final play for Paul Pierce, Steve Blake and Xavier Henry listened in on the huddle. Pierce had a wide-open three-pointer, but the shot misfired.
So did Kidd’s explanation afterwards.
“The cup slipped out of my hand,” Kidd said. “I was getting tired, sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball. So, in the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the Coke fell out of my hands.”
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