It was an historic occasion for Kidd, as he was going into his first game not only as an NBA head coach, but as a head coach anywhere.
With his Brooklyn Nets trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter, Detroit Pistons rookie Peyton Siva barreled into Tornike Shengelia on his way to the hoop, getting to the line. A few seconds later, a whistle blew, and Kidd was hit with a tech.
No, he wasn't upset with the foul call on Toko, it was his rambling wayward feet that were getting him into some trouble.
Jason Kidd got a tech in game for straying too far out of the coaching box: "I won't do that again... This is summer school for me."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 8, 2013
Following the call, he did get a bit animated, however, so it's hard to say that he didn't earn his first-ever technical.
Nets coach Jason Kidd animated, barking, and got a Summer League technical. Nets assistant Lawrence Frank had to go retrieve Kidd— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 7, 2013
I wouldn't say it's time to worry about Coach Kidd turning into John McGraw, however. After all, it is just the Summer League.
Take a look at Adam Morrison last summer. After averaging 20 points per game, Morrison barely came within sniffing distance of actually making a team. Summer League numbers don't tend to translate to the regular season.
It was a learning experience for Kidd and everybody wondering what kind of coach he would become. His own head coach from back in the New Jersey days, Lawrence Frank, took the lead in the huddle.
Getting to see what writers in Orlando are seeing now: Frank drawing up plays in the huddle, Kidd watching and learning. #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 7, 2013
Of course, he obviously didn't spend the entire game in a passive silence.
Kidd's been really vocal from the bench, particularly on defense, barking out commands to his players.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 7, 2013
He was ready to keep everybody on the sidelines involved, and hilariously so.
It was just a Summer League game for Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets, one in which they lost 76-67. But it was definitely eventful.
Let's hope it was all a precursor to a season full of fist bumps and a feisty Kidd.