Nets went on to lose to Lakers on Wednesday night.
Having used all of his time-outs, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd came up with a novel way of halting play in order to talk it over with his players.
With 8.3 seconds left in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Kidd was out of timeouts as Jodie Meeks made the first of two free throws to give the visitors a 96-94 lead.
Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor then proceeded to walk over towards the bench as cameras picked up Kidd mouth “hit me” while he held a cup of soda in front of him.
As the drink went flying out of Kidd’s hand and on to the court, both teams returned to their benches as the spillage was cleaned up with the Nets coach then able to draw up a last-second play.
Paul Pierce went on to miss a three-pointer which would have tied the game, as the Lakers went on to secure a 99-94 win at the Barclays Center.
“Cup slipped out of my hand while I was getting Ty,” Kidd said of “Cupgate.” “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball,” he told ESPN.
“In the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the cup fell out of my hand.”
Taylor insisted he didn’t hear his coach say anything to him while he walked past, and denied purposely walking into Kidd in order to initiate the stoppage in play. However, it is likely that the matter will be investigated by the NBA.
Watch the video below to see the incident: