In news that should come as no surprise, Jason Kidd has officially been suspended as a result of his DWI. Earlier this summer, Kidd pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after he crashed his car into a light pole back in the summer of 2012. According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the suspension will cost Kidd the Nets’ first two regular season games.
NBA announces Nets Coach Jason Kidd suspended for two games for his guilty plea for DWI. He’ll miss BKN’s first two regular season games.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) October 4, 2013
Those two games will be October 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and November 1 when the Nets take on the Miami Heat.
Assistant coach Lawrence Frank will likely take the reigns in Kidd’s absence. Frank has plenty of head coaching experience of his own, leading the Nets from 2004-2010 (back when they were still in New Jersey) and the Detroit Pistons from 2011-2013.
In terms of the Nets’ outlook for this year, the suspension means nothing, except that we will have to wait two games to see Kidd’s head coach debut.