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Former NBA head coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins have joined new coach Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Handy, Miles Simon, former Lakers guard Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford also will be Vogel’s assistant coaches. Kidd joins the Lakers after head coaching stints in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, while Hollins was in charge of Memphis and the Nets.
Lefty Driesell had the crowd laughing. Dino Radja fought back tears. Blue Devils and Tar Heels brought their rivalry to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Ray Allen made a peace offering to his spurned Celtics teammates. And they did it with an assist from three of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
Former Seattle SuperSonics star Ray Allen is among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
The Milwaukee Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
golf: Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland, and put himself in an ideal position. He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
Jason Kidd said he was just “trying to win” when he intentionally spilled a drink on the court, a stunt that cost him $50,000. The Brooklyn Nets coach was fined Thursday, with the NBA saying he intentionally spilled his drink as a stall tactic. He tried to avoid talking about it Friday, but when pressed, he relented. “(Nets’) Paul (Pierce) got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” he said. Kidd bumped into Nets reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left on Wednesday against the Lakers, causing his drink to spill. A video showed Kidd seeming to ask Taylor to “hit me” as the guard walked toward the bench. The Nets had time to draw up a play while the floor was cleaned after the spill but still lost 99-94. – AP
Jason Kidd dropped more than a soda in an attempt to delay a game. He ended up dropping $50,000 for the stunt. The NBA fined the Brooklyn Nets coach on Thursday, saying he intentionally spilled his drink on the court as an unusual stall tactic. Kidd bumped into Brooklyn reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left in the Nets’ 99-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, causing his drink to spill. A video of the fumble showed Kidd appearing to tell Taylor to “hit me” as the guard walked toward the bench, and the resulting delay while the floor was being cleaned allowed the Nets, who were out of timeouts, to diagram a play. Kidd denied any intent after the game, joking that he had “sweaty palms” and was “never good with the ball. – Associated Press
Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. A judge placed Kidd on interim probation following the plea Tuesday. The coach also must speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. Kidd was arrested on July 15, 2012. Southampton Town police say he smashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the hamlet of Water Mill. Police say he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets. He took the team to two NBA Finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey. – AP
Track and field: Usain Bolt bounced back from a rare defeat, setting a track record at the Bislett Games on Thursday in his first 200-meter race of the season. Bolt, who lost the 100 by 0.01 seconds in Rome last week, finished in 19.79 on the track in Oslo, Norway. He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season.
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience. “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “He has the fire in the belly we need.” The move reunites Kidd with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey. He spent 61/2 seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories. – AP
MIAMI – Jason Kidd is interested in the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching position and plans to talk to the team this week, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday. Kidd led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03 as a player and is interested in replacing P.J. Carlesimo, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its search.
Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. But he looked more burned out than brilliant in the final weeks of the season, and on Monday he decided to end one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history. “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement released by the New York Knicks. Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. His retirement comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement. Associated Press
Tennis: Serena Williams overcame a shaky start and two service breaks to beat lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for her second straight Bank of the West Classic title in Stanford, Calif. Eight days after winning Wimbledon, Williams saved a set point and won the final four games of the opening set. It was the 43rd WTA Tour championship of Williams’ career, tying older sister Venus for the most among active players.