Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game for his confrontation with officials during Wednesday’s loss to Sacramento.
The NBA announced Friday that Kidd was disciplined for “aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.”
Kidd was walking up the court alongside official Zach Zerba, arguing a call, when he reached across and knocked the game ball out of Zerba’s hands. He then had to be restrained by his own players before finally leaving the floor.
Kidd will serve the suspension tonight in Orlando.
The young Bucks have been an early-season disappointment. After a 0-3 start, they rallied to win four in a row, but have now lost six of their last eight, including a three-game stretch where they lost by an average of 27 points per game. They are last in the league in defense, and have allowed at least 115 points six times, including four of the last five games.
Point guard Michael Carter-Williams has been limited to 10 games by injury and has struggled badly on the floor. Carter-Williams is averaging a career-high 4.3 turnovers per 36 minutes and a career-low 6.1 assists per 36, a bad combination for a poor-shooting point guard.
To make things worse, Brandon Knight, the point guard Milwaukee gave up for Carter-Williams, is averaging 21.9 points a game for Phoenix with a better assist-to-turnover ratio.