Everyone knew it was coming, but it became official Friday. The NBA announced that Nets coach Jason Kidd has been suspended two games for pleading guilty to DUI in a New York court this summer. Kidd agreed to the plea in July, after being arrested a year before after a single-car crash in which he ran his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole.
The Nets hired Kidd as their head coach in June to replace P.J. Carlesimo who finished the year after the team fired Avery Johnson last year.
Kidd said after he was hired that the team was aware of the situation and the likelihood of his suspension. The Nets open their season against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on October 30th, followed by their home opener against Miami on Friday, November 1st.
The Nets released the following statement from GM Billy King about the suspension:
"The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year."