Jason Kidd had a reputation as one of the savviest on-court players in his playing days. It's one of the reasons the Brooklyn Nets were willing to make him a head coach immediately following his retirement. And while not much has gone right for Kidd so far in his debut coaching season, he appeared to demonstrate some of that trademark savvy late in the Nets' game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
With the Nets trailing and out of timeouts, Kidd appeared to say "hit me" to Tyshawn Taylor, resulting in a spilled drink and enough of a delay while Jodie Meeks was at the free-throw line to draw up a play -- one that found Paul Pierce attempting a wide-open game-tying 3-pointer that just rimmed out.
For his part, Taylor denied that Kidd said "hit me" to set the chain of events in motion.
Taylor denies Kidd said hit me when the water spilled. #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) November 28, 2013
Tyshawn said of the cup incident: "coach was in my way...'Coach, get outta my way, bro.'"— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) November 28, 2013
However, the rest of the basketball world wasn't so convinced.
If I ever become a coach, I'm using that drink spill trick...— Andre Iguodala (@andre) November 28, 2013
Yep, you can clearly see Kidd mouth "Hit me". He should definitely be fined— Curtis Harris (@ProHoopsHistory) November 28, 2013
Hey, Jason Kidd savvy along the sidelines even when he was playing: http://t.co/bXXuzXma3S— J.A. Adande (@jadande) November 28, 2013
The best part about that Kidd cola incident http://t.co/WrFi5duURF he's not even the one drawing up the play. He's just a drink spiller.— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) November 28, 2013
Where did Kidd get the cup of iced tea? Waitress? From a courtside fan? What if they'd only had a beer?— J.A. Adande (@jadande) November 28, 2013
Just realized Jason Kidd's handle: @IAmSpilly— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) November 28, 2013
Hat tip to The Brooklyn Game.