Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was placed on interim probation a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island.

The plea could result in a two-game suspension from the NBA that would delay Kidd's coaching debut. Then Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman was suspended two games in 2007 after pleading no contest to driving under the influence. NBA players Dorell Wright (2010) and Jason Richardson (2009) also received two-game bans for similar offenses.

Kidd, who retired as a player after last season, was recently hired to coach the Nets -- the team he took to two NBA finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation, driving while ability impaired, when he returns to court Sept. 30.

Police said Kidd crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons community of Water Mill on July 15, 2012. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Kidd was returning from a charity function before the crash, defense attorney Ed Burke Jr. said. A Southampton Town Police report noted the 10-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and glassy eyes.

The judge asked him at the plea hearing how much he'd consumed before his arrest. "A couple of drinks, three or four," Kidd replied in a soft voice.

"You could have killed yourself. You could have killed someone else," Town Court Judge Andrea Schiavoni said. "I hope you wake up every day happy to be here."

Kidd nodded in response.

Track and field

Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell, Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson and their trainer were formally placed under criminal investigation for violating Italy's doping laws, police said.

The move came a day after Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where the three were staying in the northeastern town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes' positive tests for banned stimulants.

Udine prosecutors believe the three violated Article 9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for anyone who administers or consumes banned substances. Police were still analyzing the seized substances to determine whether they were legal.

Miscellany

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Drew Gooden and designated him as their amnesty player. Gooden had two years and about $13.4 million remaining on his contact.

  • The Miami Heat designated Mike Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years.

  • San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard pulled out of USA Basketball's minicamp, and three players were added to the roster. Indiana's George Hill, Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will train with the Americans next week in Las Vegas. The roster now totals 29.

  • Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly in his second rehab game with Double-A Trenton, playing seven innings in the Thunder's game against the host Reading Fightin Phils. Tuesday marked Rodriguez's 10th rehab game since July 2.

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