Monday, July 14, 2014
Coach K: Excited for Parsons on Team USA
By Bryan Gutierrez
LAS VEGAS -- ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported that newly acquired Dallas Maverick Chandler Parsons was set to join another roster: Team USA. The news was made official Monday morning.
Featuring 19 players, including four members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team that won gold, national team managing director Jerry Colangelo announced this summer’s USA team from which the 2014 USA World Cup team will be selected. The 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup, featuring a total of 24 national teams, is scheduled to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.
The 2014-16 U.S. team coaching staff features head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball, Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
In addition to defense and rebounding, coach Krzyzewski noted that a strong emphasis on the team will be shooting and passing. When it comes to the addition of the newest Maverick, Krzyzewski is looking forward to what Parsons can bring to the group.
"His versatility is a huge strength," Krzyzewski said via conference call. "He’s one of the most intelligent players in the league. ... We’re excited to have Chandler."
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle noted that he could envision Parsons playing anywhere from point guard to power forward for Dallas. While that versatility is good, don't expect Parsons to be stepping in for some of the point guards on Team USA's roster. That said, his all-around versatility will give him a chance to make the roster.
Krzyzewski said that he sent Parsons a congratulatory text on his new contract with the Mavericks and Parsons immediately replied and said he was proud to join the roster.
Parsons will join the preliminary roster with training camp from July 18-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. During that time, it's not expected that USA basketball will reduce its roster. All of the players could be kept in the mix to participate in friendlies.
The team will reassemble in Chicago, Ill., and train Aug. 14-15, then play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the United Center on Aug. 16. The American squad will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 17-22 in New York City and play a pair of exhibition games at Madison Square Garden, the first Aug. 20 against the Dominican Republic and the second versus Puerto Rico on Aug. 22.
USA basketball will not need to reduce its roster until it is prepared to head to Spain.