NEW YORK (AP) Jason Kidd had a seat in the coaching box and a jersey in the rafters. He wanted more. And now his celebrated return to the Nets has turned into yet another ugly exit.
Kidd is set to become Milwaukee’s coach after Brooklyn agreed to a deal Monday with the Bucks, who paved the way for Kidd’s arrival by firing coach Larry Drew.
The Nets will receive second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. They said a search for a new coach would begin immediately.
Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.
It was a stunningly quick ending to Kidd’s reunion with the franchise he twice led to the NBA Finals as a player. The Nets hired him last June as coach just weeks after he retired as a player and retired his No. 5 before a preseason game in October. Also, he bought a small portion of the team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will hinge on the technicalities of family trust law and whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the right to unilaterally negotiate a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The July 7 trial will look at the trust’s terms alone and not focus on whether the 80-year-old Sterling is mentally incapacitated, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said.
Attorneys will argue about whether Shelly Sterling properly followed the terms of the trust in declaring Donald Sterling to be mentally incapacitated and what happens to a deal that hasn’t been closed once a trust is revoked.
Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the team to Ballmer in May after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as an owner. She had two doctors examine her husband and they declared that he was mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Pistons announced they won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said the announcement was a hard one. He says the 37-year-old guard ”will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family.”
Boston drafted Billups out of Colorado in 1997. He played for Detroit from 2002-2008 and again in 2013. Billups also has played for Denver, Orlando, Toronto, Minnesota, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.
NEW YORK (AP) – Frank Cashen, the general manager who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a New York Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series championship, has died. The team said he was 88.
He died at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, after a short illness, the Mets said.
Cashen was a longtime sports writer in his Baltimore hometown and went to law school before joining the Orioles and eventually becoming their GM.
The Orioles won two titles while Cashen worked for them, but it was in New York where he put his stamp on a franchise with the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Hired in 1980, Cashen transformed a last-place team into an outfit that became the most dominant force in baseball.
Cashen made the trades that brought star first baseman Keith Hernandez and future Hall of Famer Gary Carter to the Mets, and oversaw the draft picks of Gooden and Strawberry.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV – he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he’s sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again.
Ending a unified protest in Uruguay by everyone from Suarez to teammates, fans and even the country’s president that the star striker had done nothing wrong, the Liverpool player offered an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The Uruguay striker was banned for four months from all football by FIFA for biting the shoulder of Chiellini during the team’s 1-0 win over Italy in their group-stage game in Brazil. The incident was not spotted by the referee, and the Uruguayans’ victory sent them through to the second round while Italy was eliminated. It is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent, after similar incidents at both Ajax in the Dutch league and Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Chiellini responded on Twitter shortly after Suarez posted his statement, accepting the apology.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) – Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup.
Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans’ opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t play in their next two games.
Altidore had been working out on his own, jogging around the field at the Americans’ training camp at Sao Paulo Futebol Clube. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he has to determine ”how much work is in his legs.”
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Kings re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract.
Schultz didn’t appear in a regular-season game for the Stanley Cup champions, spending most of last season with their AHL affiliate in Manchester. However, he was thrust into the lineup when defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr were injured early in the postseason. Schultz capably filled in for seven games, going scoreless.
Schultz has appeared in 399 NHL regular-season games with the Washington Capitals. The Kings signed him as a free agent last summer.