The much anticipated beginning to coach Jason Kidd’s sideline career could be delayed due to some legal troubles. Kidd was arrested July 16, 2012 for driving under the influence in the Hamptons, after crashing his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole. The new Brooklyn head coach has a scheduled court conference on Thursday but Kidd isn’t mandated to be there and will instead stay in Orlando to coach the Nets Summer League team against the Houston Rockets. The next time Kidd will be required in court will be on July 16th, exactly one year from his arrest.
It is expected that Kidd will plead guilty to the DUI charge and should receive punishment from the court, as well as the NBA. In 2007 Sacramento Kings head coach Eric Musselman was suspended 2 games after being arrested for DUI. Jason Richardson was suspended 2 games following his DUI arrest in 2009 when he was with the Phoenix Suns. Dorell Wright received the same punishment from the league following his drunk driving arrest in 2010, while playing for the Miami Heat.
The NBA will likely assess Kidd the same punishment and the future Hall of Fame point guard’s coaching career will see a slight detour. In his absence, Assistant Head Coach Lawrence Frank will take over his duties. Frank was an assistant coach with the Nets from 2000-2003, before taking over in January of 2004 as the team’s interim head coach. He won the first 13 games of his coaching career and is currently the Nets all-time leader in coaching victories with 225 wins in 7 seasons.
Kidd had little to say on his looming court appearance "It's a legal matter, and we'll let the legal process play itself out."
For now, it seems as though Coach Kidd’s reign in Brooklyn will be delayed for two games, barring a strange outcome in court or in the commissioner’s office.
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