The Milwaukee Bucks—a popular preseason pick to make some noise in the Eastern Conference after signing Greg Monroe—fell to 6-9 Wednesday night after losing to the DeMarcus Cousins-less Sacramento Kings at home. Late in the fourth quarter head coach Jason Kidd’s frustration boiled over, and he slapped the ball out of referee Zach Zarba’s hands. Kidd was summarily ejected, and a fine from the NBA will soon be handed down.
So what was Kidd so mad about? Even he couldn’t really say. Via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
“I walked all the way down to get a timeout,” Kidd said, “and then we had our discussion. He gave me the ‘T.’
“From there, I’m trying to protect my guys. Understanding we felt we were getting fouled and the whistle wasn’t being blown. What happens in this league, you have to stand up for yourself, and my job is to protect those young guys.
“But that wasn’t the issue of the game. We gave them warm-up jump shots. They got our temperature, saw we didn’t want to play defense and they took advantage of it. That’s as easy as it is.”