Friday, November 29, 2013
D'Antoni on Kidd incident: 'You can't do that'
By Dave McMenamin
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni got a little hot under the collar when asked about Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd intentionally spilling his cold drink.
"I knew he was going to get caught," D’Antoni said before the Lakers played the Detroit Pistons on Friday when asked about Kidd's being fined $50,000 by the league for the incident. "You can't do that. That's crazy. He can't do that. It's cute for a lot of people, but you can't do that."
With 8.3 seconds left and his team out of timeouts in the Lakers' 99-94 win over the Nets on Wednesday, Kidd, who was holding a cup of soda on ice, appeared to say "hit me" to point guard Tyshawn Taylor to delay the game and give him and his team time to draw up a last-second offensive play.
Both Kidd and Taylor initially denied the collision was planned but on Friday Kidd basically admitted it was intentional. "Paul [Pierce] got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn't have done," Kidd said. "We'll move on."
Said D'Antoni of Kidd initially claiming innocence: "I don't buy it."
D'Antoni said he did not notice how the spill happened, but his players picked up on it immediately. Both Steve Blake and Xavier Henry hovered around the Nets' impromptu huddle to spy on the play being drawn up.
"I'm glad they did," D'Antoni said of Blake's and Henry’s bit of gamesmanship in response to Kidd's move. "They should have."
D'Antoni said "you can't do that" or "he can't do that" no less than seven times in the two minutes he discussed the incident Friday, adding that it was "nuts" to try such a stunt.
"That's against the rules," D'Antoni said. "I don't think that's very savvy or cool. I love Jason to death, he's going to be a great coach, but no, you don't do that."
D'Antoni, the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2004-05 with the Phoenix Suns, admitted there are tricks that a coach can attempt to try to affect the outcome of a game outside of simply drawing up plays, making substitutions, working the referees and calling timeouts, but that Kidd crossed the boundary of fair game.
"You can catch somebody's eye on the baseline on foul shots and stuff, as long as you stay off the court and in the rules," D'Antoni said. "You can do those things, but you shouldn't get on the court. You shouldn't run into people on the court. You shouldn't drop things on the court, especially when they're not warranted [from an accident]. You can't do that."