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NBA suspends Jason Kidd for first two games of season

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Jason Kidd's coaching career won't start on time.

Kidd has been suspended two games after pleading guilty to driving while impaired in July 2012, the NBA announced Friday. Kidd will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season. Kidd pleaded guilty this  July, a year after he wrapped his SUV around a utility pole in Southhampton.

Kidd will miss the season opener vs. the Cavaliers in Cleveland on October 29 and the home opener vs. the Heat on November 1. Lawrence Frank, the lead assistant, is expected to handle the head coaching duties. Normally, a suspended player or coach is not allowed in the arena while suspended.

Nets' GM Billy King released a statement, saying, "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." As noted, Kidd will make his regular season NBA coaching debut on Sunday, November 3, in Orlando.

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