Kidd Finally Makes a Splash

Published on 28-Nov-2013 by Bridgett Davis

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Review

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Kidd Finally Makes a Splash
The Brooklyn Nets had high hopes for Jason Kidd.
They expected him to make a big splash, but it was more like a splatter.
On Wednesday night, the Net's were hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. With a fraction under nine seconds left in the game and his team out of timeouts, Kidd had to come up with something.  
We've all heard of 'icing' the free throw shooter, but Kidd took it literally. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks made the first of two, giving his team the lead. He had another one coming, but before he was able to get set for it, Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor -- who was walk toward Kidd near the sideline -- collided with his coach, who was holding a cup of soda at the time. The cup of soda spilled onto the court.
Maybe? Maybe not.
Video replays appeared to show Kidd saying "Hit me."
While the aftermath was being mopped up, the coaching staff drew up a last-second play.
Nice try. But it got trumped.
Adding to the disarray, while Nets assistant John Welch drew up the team's final play, two Lakers appeared to be in the middle of the huddle.
Yes, two Lakers players!
Meeks made the second free throw, and then small forward Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer that would've tied the game. The Nets ended up losing to the Lakers, 99-94.
Jason Kidd had a reputation of being savvy. In fact, it's his moxie and proficiency that caught the eye of the Nets in the first place.   
Only Kidd and Taylor know if the collision was an accident of not. But Kidd being aberrant isn't new. When he was playing with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd made contact with Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson. While dribbling up the sideline, Kidd apparently tried to 'connect' with Woodson. Then he pointed at the coach as if he was encumbering him, impeding his advancement down the court.
Accident or not, this is the most innovative and creative moment he's had this season.