The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as head coach not long after having retired as a player. Jason Kidd had a lot of pull with the referees as a tenured and respected veteran. He also approached referees the correct way with friendly chats.
Kidd, the Nets’ newly installed coach, did his share of barking Sunday in a 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons. He instructed, applauded, cajoled and occasionally smiled. He also received a technical foul, for wandering outside the coaching box late in the fourth quarter. Actually, he wandered way outside — beyond midcourt and into the playing area, where the referee Curtis Blair promptly blew his whistle.
Clearly a rookie move.
“So it’s a lesson learned, that I know I can’t go past halfcourt,” Kidd said later with a wry grin, drawing laughter. “Hey, 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 really quickly where the box is.”
Maybe he forgot that he wasn’t a player anymore and he can’t walk around the court freely like that.