Kidd fits in as coach, draws first technical


Jason Kidd played in 88 NBA games without collecting a technical foul last season.

The first-year Brooklyn Nets coach couldn’t go 38 minutes on the bench without getting one.

In his debut as the Nets’ coach Sunday in the Orlando, Fla., summer league, Kidd was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter of his team’s 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Kidd, who often played all over the court as a 10-time All-Star point guard, was whistled for not staying in his coaching box.

Pistons point guard Peyton Siva drove into Nets forward Tornike Shengelia in the lane with 2:23 to go in the fourth quarter of a game the Pistons led 64-62. Siva made the basket, and a foul was called on Shengelia.

That brought Kidd onto the floor and beyond midcourt to express his displeasure.

“I tried to express to the referee that they missed what we were trying to do,” Kidd said. “It’s a lesson learned, and I know I can’t go past half-court. I got excited, but I’ve got to stay even-keeled.”

Kidd, who retired as a player on June 3, was hired by the Nets nine days later. Nets assistant Lawrence Frank, a former New York Knicks coach, guided Kidd back to the bench.

“This is summer school for me, and hopefully I’m going in the right direction,” Kidd said. “It’s everybody’s training ground. This is where we all get better.”

■ RALLY SKUNK — Forget the rally monkey, a minor league baseball team inadvertently stumbled on another possible mascot.

For the second straight game Monday, the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats of the Class-A Carolina League had their game briefly delayed by a skunk in the outfield.

Saturday’s game against the Frederick (Md.) Keys was delayed four minutes in the ninth inning because the skunk was patrolling right field.

After an off day Sunday, the Hillcats hosted the Carolina Mudcats on Monday, and the skunk popped out again in the ninth inning. This time, it wandered into center field.

The Hillcats won Saturday’s game, 8-4. But what happened on Monday? They got, uh, skunked, 6-0.

■ NO BULL — For once, Rex Ryan wasn’t full of bull.

The New York Jets’ often outlandish coach found a new way to enjoy his offseason: being chased by large, hairy beasts.

No, not New England Patriots linemen. The 50-year-old Ryan participated in the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

An 18-second video clip on the website Deadspin.com shows Ryan, wearing a long-sleeved white T-shirt and a red bandanna around his neck, yelling “Hold on!” and climbing over a wooden fence about two seconds before a bulky brown bull gallops past.

Apparently, once was not enough for Ryan, who challenged death twice.

A Jets official told the New York Daily News: “Rex ran on Sunday and Monday, and was uninjured after running both races.”

Ryan, who is rumored to be on the hot seat, might be gaining experience for a possible career change to matador.

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