Jason Kidd gets technical in Nets summer league coaching debut

NBA players were called for more than 800 technical fouls during the 2012-13 season.

Jason Kidd, the point guard for the New York Knicks last season, didn’t receive one technical foul in 2,290 minutes over 88 games, including the playoffs.

But it took just 37 minutes and 37 seconds for Kidd, 40, to get his first technical foul as coach of the Brooklyn Nets in his Summer League coaching debut.

Kidd, who retired from the Knicks on June 3 and became coach of the Nets on June 12, wandered too far down the sideline and across halfcourt to protest a no-call late in Brooklyn’s 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

“It’s a lesson learned, and I know I can’t go past halfcourt,” Kidd said. “I’ve seen some of these coaches be all the way down on the other end. I can’t follow their lead in that aspect. I learned real quickly where the (coaching) box is. I deserved a T because I was trying to protect my guys because they were doing the right thing.”

Kidd instructed his players to intentionally foul Detroit’s Andre Drummond, but no foul was called. “I tried to express to the referees that they missed what we were trying to do. It happens. They’re not perfect. We’re not perfect.”

Kidd has repeatedly called this summer school, not only for the young players participating in the annual summer league but for him, too.

Wearing a white Nets golf shirt, black shorts and black Nike sneakers, Kidd had a few pregame words for his players and then took his spot on the bench – with assistant coach Lawrence Frank, the former Nets and Pistons coach, to his right and summer league assistant coach John Welch, a strong player development guy, to his left.

It was odd looking at Kidd on the bench as a coach instead of seeing him in uniform after 19 NBA seasons,

“Didn’t it look normal?” Kidd said. “We’re working on it. I felt great. Our staff and the guys did what we tried to execute. Again, this is Summer League.

“It’s everybody’s training ground – for the coaching staff, the officials (and) the players. This is where we all get better.

“I wasn’t nervous. When you’re in this arena … I’ve been in a lot of them. So it’s old hat in that sense. I’m just not playing. I’m trying to put guys in position to be successful.”

Even though Kidd was one of his generation’s best point guards – No. 2 on the all-time assist list with 12,091 – and was considered a brilliant mind on the court, he understand he has a significant learning curve coaching the team he played for from 2001-02 through 2006-07.

“It’s all a learning experience,” Kidd said. “This is summer school for me. Hopefully, I’m going in the right direction.”

Written by Nick


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