Before Jason Kidd was telling players "hit me," purposely spilling drinks on the court to stall games and earn "extra" timeouts (and a $50,000 fine), he may have been watching the Bulls do nearly the exact same thing.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted out a video on Friday of Bulls assistant Del Harris apparently spilling his drink on the sideline right before a Dirk Nowitzki free throw would have iced the game in overtime.
It was Feb. 7, 2009, and the 22-28 Bulls were in Dallas to play the 29-20 Mavericks. The game went to overtime and Nowitzki went to the line with 2.9 seconds left and his team up two, 113-111.
After rattling home the first free throw, there was a stoppage of plays as ballboys and officials were called over to the Bulls' bench to clean up a drink spill. The nearly one-minute delay didn't faze Nowitzki, however, as he sunk the second freebie (he went 11-for-11 from the charity stripe that night) to put the game away.
It's interesting to note that Ben Gordon hit a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point game, 115-114. Had the "spill" iced Nowitzki into missing the free throw, it would have paid off in the form of another overtime period and a chance for the Bulls to win.
It's unknown whether Harris was trying to get the Bulls an "extra" timeout like Kidd did last week as head coach of the Nets -- Vinny Del Negro didn't draw up a play during the stoppage -- but it's ironic that Kidd was playing in that game and was on the court when the "spill" happened.
Now you know where the first-year coach may have gotten the trick.