Say this about Jason Kidd as a coach: apparently, he can be pretty creative.
With the Brooklyn Nets out of timeouts and trailing the host Los Angeles Lakers by three points in the closing seconds of Wednesday night’s 99-94 loss, Kidd appeared to dive into his bag of first-year coaching tricks, buying the Nets a few extra moments to draw up a potential tying shot.
Kidd was holding a cup of soda and as Tyshawn Taylor was about to walk past him to the Nets bench, slow-motion video replays show Kidd appearing to mouth the words, “Hit me” once Taylor neared him.
Taylor crashed into Kidd, spilling soda and ice on the Barclays Center floor. During the break in action, the Nets diagrammed a play to get Paul Pierce a look, which he missed with 2.2 seconds left.
Kidd was coy when asked about his sudden butterfingers.
“The cup slipped out of my hand when I was getting Ty out,” Kidd said. “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball. In the heat of battle, you are trying to get guys in and out of the game and the Coke slipped out of my hand.”
The NBA fined Kidd $50,000 on Thursday, saying he intentionally spilled his drink on the court as an unusual stall tactic.
BLATCHE BANGED UP —Andray Blatche became the latest member of the Nets’ walking wounded, spraining his ankle in the third quarter. Blatche was on the court for just 10:49 in the second half and didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter, sitting out the bulk of the Nets’ furious comeback.
“Just sprained my ankle, but I’m fine,” said Blatche, who had 14 points. “The good thing about it is it’s Thanksgiving and I have time to rest it before our next game.”
NBA BACK ON TELE — The NBA is returning to British television. BT Sport secured exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to NBA games in a multiyear deal. Terms were not disclosed.
Coverage starts Sunday with the game between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers. The agreement covers up to 200 games throughout the season, including seven live games per week.
NBA games were broadcast last season in Britain by Sky Sports and ESPN. BT launched three channels in August after securing a share of English Premier League soccer rights. It recently outbid Sky for Champions League rights.