Jason Kidd Lends a Much-Needed Helping Hand to USA Basketball’s Kids

July 24th, 2010 by Rachel Marcus Leave a reply »
This month, the USA Basketball team is practicing in Las Vegas as they prepare for the upcoming World Championships.

All of the players from the gold medal-winning team of the 2008 Olympics have opted not to play (although many will still play in the 2012 Olympics), leaving the team with many young stars and an experienced Chauncey Billups.

However, one player has opted to go help the team as a mentor and a leader off the court. That player?

Jason Kidd.

So often Kidd gets overlooked among the league's best players. He may be a future Hall of Famer, but I know that when I mention him being my favorite player, I do not get the best responses. Sometimes he's too old, too this, too that.

But here's what I say: He can change the game without scoring a point and has undeniable leadership qualities that would make any team better.

And that is why Coach K invited him to Team USA's practices in Vegas—because the young guys can learn a lot from him. Maybe they can also learn that he's just as good as he was 10 years ago despite what people say.

Back in 2001, when Kidd was traded to New Jersey, the Nets ...

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