Dallas Mavericks: Team USA

Coach K: Excited for Parsons on Team USA

July, 14, 2014
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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."

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Lamar Odom out of Team USA consideration?

April, 12, 2012
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He's been banished from the Dallas Mavericks and now Lamar Odom might be out of the running for a spot on Team USA for this summer's Olympic Games in London.

Citing a source, Fox Sports Florida reports that Odom has been eliminated from consideration, another blow to a player that has had one of the more bizarre one-year collapses in all of sports. Odom was selected in January as one of 20 finalists for a roster spot. The 12-man roster will be announced on June 18.

During the early portion of this season, Odom mused how he's the only player in the league who is good enough to play for Team USA, but not good enough to make an NBA All-Star team.

Odom played for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics and was also a member of the 2010 World Championship team.

In January, when the 20 finalists were announced, Odom said: "It's an amazing opportunity. Hopefully I can pick up my play so I can secure a spot on that team. I had a lot of fun doing that. And a lot of pride playing for your country."

That didn't happen and because of it, Odom, like the rest of us, will be watching the London Games on TV.

Tyson Chandler, Mavs' middle start fresh

September, 13, 2010
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How badly do you think Mark Cuban would like to hear center Tyson Chandler say this in mid-June:

"This is unbelievable. We came together. Nobody knew what to expect. Nobody really thought we would be here.
We fought together. We became actually a defensive team. We stuck with that. We stuck to our principles and now we're champions."


That was Chandler Sunday after Team USA defeated host Turkey and went a perfect 9-0 to win gold at the FIBA World Championships.

Chandler will now join his new team, the Dallas Mavericks in two weeks for the start of training camp. The Mavs' roster remains mostly unchanged from a season ago that ended so disappointingly in the first round for a third time in four seasons.

The one change is the 7-foot-1 Chandler, coming off two difficult seasons ruined by injury, replacing Erick Dampier.

"We lose some ruggedness and some of the little bit of the physical aspect that Damp brought us, but we gain athleticism and youth," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We feel it was the right move for us and we're excited."

Chandler played a minimal role on Team USA, surrendering his early starting job to Lamar Odom. Chandler played well when he was in, averaging 8.6 minutes a game, 2.6 points on 64.3 percent shooting, 2.7 rebounds (12 offensive and 12 defensive) and barely more than half-a-block a game. Somewhat troubling was his 16 total fouls, tying for fourth on the team despite his limited floor time.

He'll come to Dallas as a backup to Brendan Haywood, a duo that doesn't really scare anyone in the post with back-to-the-basket moves, but the tandem is being billed by the Mavs as a defensive improvement -- for a team whose identity has rarely if ever revolved around defense -- especially against teams with big front lines such as Odom's two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

However, if Chandler can stay healthy, Jason Kidd just might find more scoring opportunities down low. Running the floor, catching and finishing weren't exactly Dampier's best assets.

"Both guys are very capable runners of the floor and that's important when you have Jason as your point guard or Roddy [Roddy Beaubois] or Barea [J.J Barea] or whoever's out there," Carlisle said. "That's an area where you can get one or two easy buckets a game if your bigs can really run. Athleticism and running ability are priorities for us, at every position, and when you make a gain at the center position that's significant."

Chandler didn't have as big an impact on Team USA as maybe first thought. We'll see, now that he's healthy and happy, if he can bring his 2008 form to Dallas, a scenario that Kidd, Cuban and the Mavs would be thrilled to see.

Will Tyson Chandler be a disappointment?

September, 3, 2010
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The trade that more or less swapped aging center Erick Dampier for oft-injured center Tyson Chandler didn't exactly set off fireworks around town, even though the Dallas Mavericks spun the deal as a defensive upgrade in the case the Mavs meet the front-court rich Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs.

Since Chandler joined the Mavs and then started workouts with Team USA in Las Vegas in late July, reviews of the 7-foot-1 center have been mixed. Initially, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Chandler needed to get in basketball shape. Mavs owner Mark Cuban quickly responded with positive feedback from other observers in Vegas, including Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith, a member of the Team USA medical staff.

As the lone true center on the roster, Chandler figured to nail down the starting job, but he has come off the bench in all five of Team USA's games during the ongoing FIBA World Championships, and he hasn't played more than 15 minutes in any single game and twice played fewer than 10 minutes.

ESPN.com Insider contributer Tom Haberstroh questions Chandler's productivity and suggets that at Chandler's current pace, the Mavs might regret taking a chance on him.

Here's Haberstroh's take:

3. What happened to Tyson Chandler's defense?

Here are Chandler's numbers after nine games and 94 minutes of FIBA action this summer: 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 28 rebounds and nine blocks. Oh, and 21 personal fouls.

In fact, Thursday's four-point, two-foul performance against Tunisia finally gave Chandler more points than fouls this summer in FIBA competition. Do the math and Chandler's FIBA foul rate has sky-rocketed to 8.9 personal fouls per 40 minutes, which nearly doubles the already steep 4.7 fouls per 40 minute rate he committed last season for the Charlotte Bobcats.

It wasn't long ago that Chandler was considered a top post defender in the NBA, but that was before ankle injuries over the past two seasons sidelined him and sapped his effectiveness down low.

After taming his foul-happy ways in New Orleans, it's a bit unnerving to see international big men give him so much trouble, especially coming off a disappointing season in Charlotte. It's not uncommon to see big men overcompensate for their gimpy feet by being overly aggressive with their hands, but Chandler needs to be more conservative with the fouling if he wants to come close to regaining the starting role he enjoyed at the outset.

At the rate Chandler is going, the Dallas Mavericks could soon wish they had reacquired Bobcat and notorious hacker DeSagana Diop in the offseason instead.

I wouldn't go so far as to suggest the Mavs might be better off with the happy-go-lucky Diop, who owns career marks of about two points and three rebounds. If Chandler doesn't pan out, the Mavs still could come out winners. First, Brendan Haywood is signed long-term to man the middle, plus the Mavs have two developmental centers on the roster. More important, Chandler is entering the final year of his deal worth $12.6 million, a very attractive expiring contract when the NBA trade deadline rolls around in February.

The Mavs will get their first up-close look at Chandler after the World Championships when he begins workouts prior to the start of training camp on Sept. 28.

In a boot, Roddy Beaubois begins recovery

August, 18, 2010
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Five days removed from successful surgery in which he had a pin inserted in his broken left foot, Dallas Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois is recovering in Dallas and getting along in a walking boot.

It's certainly not what he envisioned. Beaubois was supposed to have taken on Team USA last Sunday at Madison Square Garden as the starting point guard of the French national team. The French-speaking native of Guadeloupe was to continue to hone his leadership skills at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey beginning in 10 days. Instead, he'll have to settle for watching on TV.

"I talked to him today," Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He's walking around in a boot and kind of getting used to it. He knows it's going to be a long haul."

The Mavs have stated that Beaubois will miss two to three months. They are not putting a timetable on his step-by-step recovery process in terms of when he'll begin conditioning workouts, then basketball activities, etc.

"We don't want to put a time table out there. It heals when it heals," Nelson said. "I think we've gone through the normal allotment of time for this type of injury. We are going to take the conservative approach."

Beaubois, entering his second season and anticipating a vastly increased role, clearly won't be ready to participate when training camps opens in late September. If he proves to be a quick healer, perhaps he'll be ready for the season-opener on Oct. 27, but there are certainly are no guarantees.

Feeling good, Tyson Chandler gets job done

August, 16, 2010
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Tyson Chandler continues to impress his coach and Team USA teammates. The new Dallas Mavericks center scored four points, making both of his shots, and had three rebounds and a blocked shot in 14 minutes in Team USA's 86-55 exhibition win over the Roddy Beaubois-less French squad Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

"Tyson has been outstanding," USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We have a relationship from the 2007 qualifying team. One, he is such a good team member. Even when we're in the meal room, he'll make sure he's eating with different players. He's talking up. He doesn't need the ball. He's stronger. I bet he's at least probably 15 pounds heavier and stronger than he was in 2007. He feels healthy. You get these guys who are good players who have been out with injury and all of a sudden they start -- they're really excited. That's where Tyson is."

Chandler missed 68 games over the past two seasons with ankle and foot injuries. The Mavs traded for him last month banking on the 7-foot-1 defensive-minded center being completely healthy. So far, Team USA is seeing a very loose and agile Chandler. He is the lone true center left on the roster and he'll be the starter when the FIBA World Championships begin on Aug. 28 in Turkey.

"Tyson has been great, man. I'm really happy Tyson is healthy," point guard Chauncey Billups said. "He's been playing great. We're definitely happy to have him. We're going to lean on him a lot. "

The Mavs had two other centers, both acquired over the summer, in the game playing for the French team. Ian Mahinmi started, played 15 minutes, had no points, four rebounds, two assists and four fouls. Alexis Ajinca, the Mavs' fourth center who they hope to trade before the start of the season, came off the bench for two points on 1-of-6 shooting and five rebounds in nine minutes.

Also, Mavs guard J.J. Barea put up 11 points and 10 assists in Puerto Rico's 92-76 exhibition victory over China, the second of an international doubleheader Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Here's a brief Q&A with Chandler from after Sunday's game:

You are the lone true center on the roster. What do you think about the team's depth?:
This is something I expected coming here. I knew I was going to have to be a defensive presence. I knew I was going to have to bring a defensive presence; I knew I was going to have to bring rebounding. So it didn’t change, those were my expectations coming in.

How is your health after two tough seasons with injuries?:
I can play as much as they need me. I’m 100 percent now. I feel great before games, I feel great after games. I feel great before and after practice. So I can play as much as they need me.

Could you talk about getting some more international experience under your belt with France?
This is really good. It was really good for us as a unit. I think it was a good game as far as they came out and they played us close in the first half. And we came out in the second half and I think our defense really wore on them and our defense turned into offense.

What did Coach K talk to you about at halftime?
Just to continue to play solid. Continue to allow our defense to turn into offense. In the game the other day, we did a good job of kind of playing simple defense and not doing so much gambling. And we gambled at the right times. I think tonight we did that. That's why we were able to bust the lead open.

You guys had a couple of turnovers that were soft passes. Is that a matter of taking a little more time with each other?
Yeah, yeah. It's a matter of a little more time, communication. Us understanding each other. Me and Rondo missed each other right at the beginning of the game. Right when we came over to the sideline, me and Rondo had a chance to talk and they told me, look when we come, this is where the pass is going to be. This is where it's going to come from every time. In the second half I was looking for it. And then it's that kind of communication that ultimately is going to make us better.

Tyson Chandler hits winner in USA scrimmage

August, 13, 2010
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The 15 finalists on Team USA were back in action Thursday night in a special showcase at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler played for the Blue Team and grabbed an alley-oop pass from Rajon Rondo to score the game-winning basket in overtime.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski threw a twist into normal game rules by making the overtime period sudden death. The Blue squad won the tip and Rondo set up the offense. Chandler tipped an errant shot back out to Rondo, who then found Chandler with the alley-oop pass. It was Chandler's lone bucket of the game.

"Man, I don't even know if I've ever been in a sudden-death game," Chandler said afterward. "After I tipped it out, I knew it would be a scramble. I knew everybody would run towards the ball because it was sudden death. So as soon as I tipped it out, I knew I would be open for him. We made eye contact and Rondo threw it up for me."

Chandler was 1-of-3 from the field with two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action.

Team USA will play exhibition games against China on Saturday and France on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Then it's off to Spain, Greece and finally Turkey, site of the FIBA World Championships, where Team USA will try to win the gold for the first time since 1994. Chandler is a lock to make the final roster of 12 and will likely be the starting center. Washington's JaVale McGee is the only other center currently on the roster.

Chandler looks healthy in Team USA scrimmage

July, 25, 2010
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This run with Team USA, which Tyson Chandler hopes takes him all the way to Turkey for the World Championships, could be just the thing the the 7-foot-1 center stung by injuries the past two seasons needs to jumpstart his upcoming season with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavs will like what they saw Saturday night out of their bearded center as Chandler scored 13 points and added nine rebounds in the first Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas. Chandler's White team, lead by Kevin Durant''s 28 points, ousted the Blue squad, 114-96. Chandler was 6-of-6 from the floor, mostly throwing down two-handed jams.

Chandler, who ran the floor well and showed the Team USA brass what it really wanted to see with four blocked shots in some 20 minutes of action, appears to be a lock to move on with the 15 players who will make Monday's expected first cut and continue on with training camp in New York. He's also likely the favorite to make the team because the center pool is extraordinarily thin with just New Jersey's Brook Lopez and Washington's JaVale McGee, who's is coming off a strong summer-league showing, involved in the Team USA training camp. Reports out of Las Vegas suggest that all three centers could be moving on to New York.

Chandler told NBA.com Thursday that he likes how he's progressing. He missed 68 games the past two years due to ankle injuries.

"I had a great summer, as far as training," Chandler said. "But coming here in basketball shape is totally different. So the last couple of days I've been able to get my legs under me. And every day I've progressed."

Assuming Chandler moves on to New York, he'll play against two of his new teammates on Aug. 15 when Team USA takes on France at Madison Square Garden. Mavs guard Roddy Beaubois and free-agent center pickup Ian Mahinmi play for the French squad.

The FIBA World Championships begin on Aug. 28 in Turkey.

Chandler appears a lock to make first cut

July, 24, 2010
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New Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler appears to be an easy candidate to get past the first cut for Team USA.

ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan is in Las Vegas taking in the workouts. He classifies the 7-foot-1 Chandler in the category of "Not on the bubble." Here's how he sees Chandler's performance this week:
He has clearly been the team's best center, and has looked healthy after missing most of the last two NBA seasons with injuries.

This comes days after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said that Chandler needed to get in "real" shape.

Chandler's chances of making Team USA, which will compete in the World Championships next month in Turkey, are high. Because of withdrawals, the center pool is thin and Team USA is looking for rebounders and shot blockers out of its big men.

Chandler's main competition is New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez, who, Sheridan reports, has looked sluggish after recovering from a long bout with mononucleosis, and long-shot JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards.

Chandler and Team USA will see their first game action at 9 tonight in an intrasquad scrimmage on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Kidd asked to advise green Team USA

July, 18, 2010
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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.

The rest of the current Team USA player pool besides Chandler: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City); Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings); Rudy Gay, (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Robin Lopez (Phoenix Suns); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks); Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Mavs to get sneak peak of Chandler

July, 13, 2010
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New Maverick Tyson Chandler has been invited to the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas and will begin workouts there Friday, said Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

It will give Chandler's new bosses, assembled in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, a sneak preview of their 7-foot-1 backup center, who has battled foot and ankle injuries over the past two seasons.

"He is healthy for the first time in two years," Nelson said. "He feels great."

Chandler, traded Tuesday from Charlotte to Dallas, had a shot at making the 2008 Olympic team. Now fully recovered, he will try to make the 12-man roster that will comprise Team USA and compete in the World Championships on Aug. 28 - Sept. 12 in Turkey.

If Chandler makes the team, one side benefit will be that he'll get a head start getting to know Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith, who is a member of the Team USA medical staff.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
19.1 4.2 1.9 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.4
AssistsR. Rondo 6.4
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksT. Chandler 1.2