29 November 2013

Jason Kidd on intentionally spilling soda: "It's about trying to win"

The bright spots for the Brooklyn Nets, easily one of the biggest disappointments in the young NBA season, have been far and few between. The Nets' latest loss against the Lakers on Wednesday night dropped them to 4-11 and 12th in the Eastern Conference, but nobody is talking about the loss. Rather, the hot topic is this unusual moment featuring rookie coach Jason Kidd in which he all but tells Tyshawn Taylor to bump into him to spill his soda to all but buy him an extra timeout. Let's go to the videotape.

The evidence is pretty incriminating to say the least, but at least Kidd tried to play it off as an accident after the game.
"Cup slipped out of my hand as I was getting Ty. Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball...and the cup slipped out of my hand."
And this is what he said today when asked about the incident.
"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 NBA is none too pleased and will fine Kidd $50,000 for the incident.

I will say this, we have seen coaches try to bend the rules and mix it up to find timeouts, and you do have to give credit to Kidd for coming for a unique, and bizarre, way to do it, and it did work. So there's that.

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