Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd’s coaching debut will have to start two games later than scheduled after the NBA slapped him with suspensions for drunk driving last year.
He will miss the Nets’ season opener Oct. 30 at Cleveland and at home against the Miami Heat Nov. 1.
Kidd pleaded guilty to to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge the day after he ran his SUV into a telephone poll on July 15, 2012, in the Hamptons.
He was placed on probation for a year and agreed to talk to Long Island students about the dangers of driving while impaired.
Kidd could have reached a plea deal last season while playing for the New York Knicks, and would have likely missed two games as a player than the first two games of his first coaching season.