Jason Kidd court date for July 16

Updated: July 9, 2013, 8:14 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd will not have to leave the Orlando Summer League later this week to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated last summer, his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., told ESPNNewYork.com.

"The next date we're looking at is July 16," Burke told ESPNNewYork.com.

Kidd was scheduled to appear in Southampton Town Court on Thursday, but Burke said that no appearance is necessary.

Kidd made his Nets coaching debut Sunday in the summer league, and was called for his first technical foul in Brooklyn's 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets also have summer league games on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"It's a legal matter, and we'll let the legal process play itself out," Kidd said recently.

Nets general manager Billy King said the team did its homework on the incident and is comfortable with where things stand with Kidd. He pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge, which carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail.

Kidd was hired by the Nets to be their coach on June 13, just 10 days after his retirement as a player. He was involved in a single-car accident last July 16 in which his 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and went into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill at around 2 a.m. ET.

Water Mill is a serene, mainly residential community east of Southampton Village.

Kidd suffered minor injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital. He later tweeted an apology for what happened.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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