Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has been in the news following "Spill-gate," his controversial last-second move to have soda spilled on the floor to get a stoppage in play during a 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 27.
The idea of intentionally spilling a drink to get a free timeout might strike some as funny, but Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni—the victim of Kidd's soda shenanigans—found it to be no laughing matter.
Per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times and Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
D'Antoni didn't know Jason Kidd purposely threw soda on the court 'til after Wednesday's game. "I don't think that's very savvy or cool."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) November 29, 2013
Mike D'Antoni on Jason Kidd's spill: "He can't do that. That's crazy. It's cute for a lot of people, but you can't do that."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 29, 2013
Take Mike's advice, kids: Be cool, stay in school...and don't intentionally spill drinks to get free timeouts!
Not everyone had such a negative view of Kidd's chicanery. Kidd's former teammate, Tyson Chandler, was a fan of the move, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Tyson Chandler said the Kidd cup move was "brilliant."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) November 30, 2013
Cuban dug deep into the Mavericks' historical vault and turned up this video clip, which he claims to be the original spill move.
Who was the first coach to spill a coke to get a time out ?? http://t.co/o8s9XCSU1y— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 29, 2013
While it is clear now that Del Harris pulled the spill move before Kidd, does this really make him the Godfather of dropping refreshments onto the court to get a free timeout? Perhaps there is some grainy old black-and-white footage of legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach asking Bill Russell to bump into him, "accidentally" knocking one of Red's famous cigars out of his hand and onto the court to get a stoppage of play.
Or perhaps Del Harris is really the innovator here. He's currently working as the vice president of the NBA Development League's Texas Legends, so he's still passing his spilling techniques on to younger players and coaches.
It's like the old proverb: "Spill a man's drink on the court, and he'll get one timeout. Teach a man to spill his drink on the court, and he'll get timeouts for a lifetime."
As for Kidd, he doesn't have any regrets, according to Newsday's Rod Boone.
Asked Kidd during our pre game availability if he regrets his cup caper, especially in light of D'Antoni's displeasure. Short answer: No.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 30, 2013
Kidd: "It's about trying to win & those guys in that locker room. I tried to put those guys in position to get a basket or a good look,"— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 30, 2013
But he also thinks he shouldn't have done it, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.
Jason Kidd: I "probably shouldn't have" spilled drink. http://t.co/J2AdS3UXih— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 30, 2013
Now this is just getting confusing. Jason Kidd thinks he probably shouldn't have done something, but doesn't regret doing it? Isn't that feeling that you shouldn't have done something the very definition of regret?
You're already out the $50,000, Jason. You just need to own it.