Jason Kidd’s head coaching career just caught a speed bump. The NBA announced today that the retired NBA point guard will have to sit out two games as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
Kidd will miss the team’s regular-season opener on Oct. 30 in Cleveland, as well as its home-opener on Nov. 1 against Miami. Kidd will make his regular-season coaching debut Nov. 3 in Orlando.
Lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank will likely serve as the head coach of the team until Kidd’s suspension ends.
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.
Back in July 2013, Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge and was placed on probation for a year. The incident occurred a year prior (July 15, 2012), when kid crashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole in the Hamptons before playing his final NBA season as a player with the New York Knicks.