Ex-player, current coach Jason Kidd suspended for 2 games


jason-kidd-conferenceBrooklyn Nets rookie coach Jason Kidd has been suspended for the team’s first two games of the season as a result of his guilty plea to a DWI that took place in summer 2012.

Kidd will miss the Nets’ opener Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the home opener Nov. 1 against the Miami Heat. Kidd will make his regular-season coaching debut Nov. 3 against the Orlando Magic.

Lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank will likely serve as coach during Kidd’s suspension.

The league precedent is a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to DWI-related charges, so the suspension was expected.

“The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement.

Kidd, a probable future Hall of Famer, took on the Nets coaching job just recently, after playing 19 years in the NBA, and participating in 10 NBA All-Star games.

Kidd played 1391 games in the NBA, starting in 1350 of them. He holds career averages of 12.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 6.3 apg in 36 minutes on the court.

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