Jason Kidd has had a Hall of Fame career as a player. Famously, he took the Nets from the cellar to two consecutive NBA Finals. And he showed promise as their coach this past season. But this latest turn of events has done nothing to diminish his reputation as a tricky character.
Here's a history of Kidd's past incidents:
• When he was a freshman at Cal, Kidd reportedly instigated a mutiny that led to Lou Campanelli’s firing.
• In January 2001, Kidd was arrested for hitting his now ex-wife Joumana. He pleaded guilty to spousal abuse and was fined $200 and ordered to take anger management training. He was eventually traded to the Nets.
• In 2004, Kidd helped run New Jersey coach Byron Scott out of town. The point guard screamed at Scott during a December 2003 locker room tirade.
• In December 2007, Kidd reportedly went “on strike” by complaining of a migraine and missing a game against the Knicks. He then asked out and was traded back to the Mavericks.
• In a 2008 playoff game against the Hornets, Kidd was ejected after a flagrant foul for flipping Jannero Pargo. He was not suspended.
• In 2010, Kidd intentionally ran into Atlanta coach Mike Woodson on the sideline during a game. He drew a technical foul on Woodson as a result. The move essentially won the game for the Mavericks. Gamesmanship or something else?
• In the summer of 2012, Kidd gave Dallas a verbal commitment to re-sign. But he later decided to spurn the Mavericks and depart for New York for a similar deal. Kidd retired just one season into his two-year contract with the Knicks.
• A little more than a week after joining the Knicks, Kidd was charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed his SUV into a utility pole on Long Island. He eventually pleaded guilty and was later suspended for the first two regular-season games of his coaching career.
• In late November 2013, Kidd was involved in the infamous “sodagate” incident, when he told guard Tyshawn Taylor to “hit him” while he was holding a cup of soda, which fell and had to be cleaned up. The Nets didn’t have any timeouts at the time. Kidd was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his actions.
• After being hired by the Nets as coach, Kidd wanted to bring in his former coach, Lawrence Frank, as his assistant and mentor. The Nets made Frank the highest paid assistant in NBA history by giving him a six-year, $6 million contract with the possibility to move into the front office. It turned out to be a disaster. In November, Kidd reportedly used a 13-letter word in an expletive-filled rant at Frank. Just 17 games in, following a 5-12 start, Frank was reassigned to daily reports.
• On Saturday night, news broke that Kidd had made a failed power play with the Nets and was in discussions about becoming the next coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets traded Kidd’s coaching rights to the Bucks in exchange for two second-round picks on Monday.