Rookie head coach Jason Kidd will have to wait till the third game of the season to make his coaching debut for the Brooklyn Nets. According to ESPN New York on October 4, the former NBA All-Star and new Nets coach has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season after he pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired.
Kidd won’t make his regular-season debut for the new look Nets until Nov. 3 when the team faces the Orlando Magic. Assistant coach Lawrence Frank, a former head coach of the Nets, will step into Kidd’s place for the first two games.
Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to an incident that took place back in July when he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole while in the Hamptons. The misdemeanor drunken-driving charge landed Kidd community service and now a suspension by the NBA.
General manager Billy King said in a statement “the decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past” in relation to DWI-related charges. He also looks forward to Kidd’s return as he leads a team that now consists of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, players they obtained in a blockbuster trade from the Boston Celtics.
The Nets are considered a strong contender and expected to challenge the Miami Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy.