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                 === Nets coach Kidd hit with two-game ban ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Brooklyn Nets  head coach Jason Kidd has
 been  suspended  for the first two  games of the 2013-14 season after pleading
 guilty to a drunk driving charge, the NBA announced Friday.
 
 In  July 2012, Kidd was arrested by Southampton Town police and charged with a
 misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated.
 
 Kidd  will  miss the team's regular-season  opener on Oct. 30 in Cleveland and
 its home opener Nov. 1 against Miami. He will make his regular-season coaching
 debut Nov. 3 in Orlando.
 
 "The  decision is consistent  with what the league has done in the past and we
 look  forward  to Jason  leading our team  versus Orlando and  the rest of the
 year," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement.
 
 The  Nets  hired Kidd  as their  coach in June,  and a  month later he pleaded
 guilty and was placed on interim probation.
 
 The  40-year-old 10-time All-Star captained the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals
 appearances  in 2002 and  2003. He played in 506 games over 6 1/2 seasons with
 the team, which was then based in New Jersey.
 
 Kidd  also  played for the Dallas  Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks
 during  his 19-year career as a player in the NBA. He spent the 2012-13 season
 with  the  Knicks and  retired after  his team lost  in the Eastern Conference
 semifinals to Indiana.
 
 10/04 13:20:22 ET