During his playing days, Jason Kidd was known as one of the fiercest competitors in the NBA, and the current Milwaukee Bucks head coach reminded everyone of that fact with his actions during last night's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Unfortunately for Kidd, however, whilst his on-court intensity used to be commended, he might be facing up to some discipline from the league for his latest actions.
That's after the head coach was ejected from Wednesday night's game late in the fourth quarter for confronting a game official and slapping the ball out of said official's hands in frustration. (Scroll down this article to see the incident).
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With 1:49 left on the clock in the fourth quarter and his Bucks side 120-109 down to the Kings, Kidd was attempting to call a timeout to little avail.
And, having run from his bench spot to the opposite sideline to get the officials' attention, his frustration boiled over as he remonstrated with Zach Zarba, the referee. Then he took things a step too far.
Speaking after the game, the head coach said he was simply trying to protect his players whom, he felt, had been the victim of some poor officiating:
Kidd might have been trying to protect his team, but, in reality, his outburst only seems to have ramped up the tension last night.
According to ESPN, several members of both teams were involved in a "heated verbal exchange in the tunnell" after the game.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, meanwhile, reported that "several Bucks players accompanied (O.J.) Mayo to his car in the players' parking lot" as a result of the confrontation.