Sunday, July 18, 2010
Kidd asked to advise green Team USA
By Marc Stein
LAS VEGAS -- It's a bit too soon to start calling him the next Coach K, but that's the world Mavericks guard Jason Kidd is going to sample this week.
Kidd will be in Las Vegas starting Monday as a special guest of the Team USA coaching staff as preparations begin for the World Championships in Turkey later this summer.
The move hasn't been officially announced yet, but Kidd's presence was requested by Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who wants the 37-year-old to serve as a mentor and sounding board for a young squad that will return precisely zero of the 12 players who won gold in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics.
Although Kidd is not scheduled to accompany Team USA to Turkey, ESPNDallas.com has learned that the he'll be with the team for its Las Vegas training camp through July 24 as a player liason.
If he has indeed left the international stage for good as a player, Kidd exits with two Olympic gold medals (2000 and 2008) ... and without ever having tasted defeat in a Team USA jersey (56-0) with the senior men's national team.
Along with Kidd and Mavericks athletic trainer Casey Smith in their staff roles, newly acquired Tyson Chandler will be the Mavs' lone on-court representative at Team USA camp, having received an invitation to join 20 other players in trying out for the national team shortly after Dallas acquired him from Charlotte last week.