Jason Kidd got slapped with a big fine for his forced timeout
NOV 28, 2013 8:56p ET
Jason Kidd's acting skills either need to be worked on or forgotten about because his antics from Wednesday have officially cost him big bucks.
The league slapped him with a $50,000 fine Thursday, one day after he appeared to intentionally spill a drink on the court to gain a free timeout in the closing seconds of a game against the Lakers, a move at once ingenious and ridiculous. The fine was first reported by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
When he realized his team was trailing close to the end of regulation, Kidd was just trying to do what all coaches should do: Get their team to win the game. He wanted to get one more timeout so his staff could draw up one more play. The only problem is, Kidd was out of timeouts, and so he went about it in the most desperate way possible.
In the video below, you can see Kidd saying what appears to be the words "Hit me," before one of his own Nets players, Tyshawn Taylor, walks into him and Kidd dramatically spills his drink over the hardwood:
He got the timeout he needed, but the NBA wasn't amused based on what they handed down to him.
You have to give Kidd props for trying though. It would have been a better look if it at least got Brooklyn the win. The Lakers won 99-94.
Kidd denied any intent after the game, joking that he had "sweaty palms" and was "never good with the ball."
"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 hand," Kidd added.
The NBA didn't believe it and punished Kidd for the second time in his first month as a coach. He was suspended the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case.
Kidd and the Nets are off to a 4-11 start.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.