The weird thing about the Brooklyn Nets hiring Jason Kidd as their new head coach is that because of a DUI charge from earlier this offseason, he very well may be forced to sit out the first couple of games with a suspension.
When speaking with reporters on Wednesday, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver wouldn’t exactly confirm this, or really comment on it, but he did say that the precedent is clear which means that Kidd is as good as suspended.
“I don’t want to comment on Jason in particular,” Silver told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “But the precedent is pretty clear for convictions for DUI.”
What Silver means by that is that the NBA has a history of suspending players and coaches who get DUI charges. Typically it is for two games, but there have been instances of one or three games. As of now there is no word on when an announcement on the suspension will come out.
The Nets knew that this was a possibility when they hired Kidd so it’s not like this has taken them by surprise. Expect Lawrence Frank, Kidd’s assistant coach, to take the reigns for the first couple of games before Kidd finally makes his debut.