Oh, coaches are a crafty bunch, aren’t they.
They’ll use just about anything in the ol’ bag of tricks to gain an advantage on the opposition. Right, Bill Belichick?
Even new coaches like Jason Kidd, who took over the Brooklyn Nets during the summer a few days after retiring as a player. Clearly, he’s become a member of the coaching fraternity.
Late in Wednesday night’s 99-94 loss to the L.A. Lakers, Kidd spilled a cup of pop after being bumped by one of his players, Tyshawn Taylor, during a timeout. But there may be more to it than that.
As The Brooklyn Game noticed, Kidd appeared to tell Taylor to “hit me” just before he was jostled, spilling the drink. That, coincidentally (nudge nudge, wink wink) , gave him a few more seconds to draw up a play in a tight game.
(Hey, I smell a conspiracy!!)
Naturally, Kidd denied the incident was a ploy to gain some time. What’s he going to do, admit it? And risk being punished by the league? Fat chance.
But he played coy about it when asked post-game if it was intentional.
“Cup slipped out of my hand while I was getting Ty,” Kidd said. “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball.”
For those who may have forgotten, Kidd was a 10-time all-star point guard during his 20-year NBA career. Yeah, he was the guy always handling the ball and, if memory serves, he was pretty darn good at it.
That’s in the past, though. Because he’s obviously transitioned to coaching, as the cup-drop can attest.