New York • Jason Kidd's drink-spilling tactic late Wednesday night was considered both devious and ingenious. By Thursday, it had also proved costly.
The NBA hit Kidd with a $50,000 fine for "intentionally spilling a drink on the floor" when there were 8.3 seconds remaining in the Brooklyn Nets' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center.
With his team trailing and lacking an official timeout, Kidd bumped into one of his players while holding a beverage. The liquid which he later revealed was a Coca-Cola spilled onto the court, granting the Nets a few precious moments to draw up one final play while the mess was mopped up.
Paul Pierce found himself open with 2.2 seconds left to try for a game-tying 3-pointer, but he missed, ensuring that the Nets would fall to 4-11.
UK's BT Sport to show NBA games
The NBA is returning to British television.
BT Sport secured exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to NBA games in a multi-year deal announced Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.
Coverage starts Sunday with the game between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers. The agreement covers up to 200 games throughout the season, including seven live games per week.
NBA games were broadcast last season in Britain by Sky Sports and ESPN.