Jason Kidd will have to wait a little longer for his debut as coach for the Brooklyn Nets as he has been given a two game suspension after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired.
The Nets coach crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole back in July 15th on eastern Long Island as he was returning from a charity function. A Southhampton Town Police report stated that Kidd smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot eyes.
With the suspension, Kidd will miss the game opener on October 30th against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the home opener November 1st against the Miami Heat. He will be able to return and coach the team on November 3rd when the Nets play against the Orlando Magic.
The suspension was expected as the NBA has a long-standing policy of giving out a two game suspension to anyone who pleads guilty to any DWI related charge.
Kidd commented on the suspension stating,
“I think we all knew that was gonna come at some point. You have to be responsible, and the league came down with their suspension, and I accept that. And, for that, as if a player is out, guys have to step up, and my coaching staff is well capable of stepping up for those two games.”
Kidd did not reveal who would take over in his absence for the first two games. But former Nets coach, Lawrence Frank is a favorite.
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