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Nets' Kidd gets two-game suspension

10/04/2013 12:03 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Nets head coach Jason Kidd will receive a two-game suspension from the NBA.(AP)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty to DUI in July, the NBA announced Friday.

Kidd will miss the team's regular-season opener on Oct. 30 in Cleveland and the home opener against Miami on Nov. 1; assistant Lawrence Frank will most likely assume head coaching duties for those two games, and Kidd will make his debut as head coach on Nov. 3 in Orlando.

His home debut as coach will then come Nov. 5 against Utah.

"The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement.

Back in July, Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge stemming from an incident in The Hamptons last July, where his Cadillac SUV struck a utility pole. He was placed on interim probation for a year and agreed to do community service, speaking to students on Long Island about the dangers of drinking and driving; if he fulfills that community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation.

A two-game suspension has been the league's precedent following DUI incidents; three players - Dorell Wright, Jason Richardson, and Gabe Pruitt - have gotten two-game DUI suspensions since 2009, and in 2007, then-Kings coach Eric Musselman received the same punishment.

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