Jason Kidd's regular-season debut as coach of the Brooklyn Nets will come later than expected after the retired NBA star was issued a two-game ban Friday for drink driving.
The NBA gave Kidd the suspension after he pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, a violation of New York state law.
Kidd will miss the first two games of the upcoming 2013-14 NBA regular season, including the Nets' opener October 30 at Cleveland and theire home opener November 1 against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat.
Kidd's first regular-season game as coach of the Nets will now be on November 3 when the Nets play at Orlando. His first coaching opportunity at Brooklyn would be two nights later against Utah.
The drink driving incident took place last July. He was placed on probation and ordered to speak to high school students on the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Kidd announced his retirement after a 19-year NBA playing career in June and was hired as Brooklyn's coach later that month.