Jason Kidd suffered a tough penalty, when he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for intentionally spilling a drink on the floor to cause a stoppage of play. Ever since the incident occurred, many people have been trying to look into the past of coaches doing similar things to create time for a team huddle.
Former Miami Heat coach Kevin Loughery said that he used the drink spill gimmick several times in his 20 years as an NBA and ABA head coach with the last incident coming in the '94 playoffs. Here's how Loughery explains it in a conversation with the Daily News:
"There are different ways you can do it. You can have the players spill it. You can have one of the ball boys do it. They can't fine the ball boys, I don't think. Just pour some water on the floor. He really had no idea what I was talking about until he sees the results."
Loughery also debates whether Kidd should be fined in the piece:
"I know guys are making way more money now, but that's an outrageous fine for that,. I guess the league doesn't want any more of it. ... I can't believe they would fine a guy $50,000 for that."
Should Kidd have received such a harsh fine? It's definitely something that could be debated with coaches trying to draw competitive edges and the state of the game always in question. Either way the facts are that Kidd was fined and his team ended up losing. That's a huge double whammy.