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Team USA's golden oldie brings leadership, experience

Originally Published: July 23, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- The thought struck Jason Kidd as he was packing his suitcase and preparing to spend more than a month on the road with Team USA: Should he bring along his Olympic gold medal, the one he won eight years ago in Sydney?

It's the only gold medal that any of the 12 American players on the roster can brag about owning, and Kidd pondered whether the jealously and envy factors might backfire somehow along the way.

And with that, he decided to leave the gold medal ...

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