Sources: Kidd to help U.S. coaches

Updated: July 19, 2010, 9:26 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- It's a bit too soon to start calling him the next Coach K, but that's the world that Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd is going to sample this week.

Although Kidd is not scheduled to accompany Team USA to the World Championships in Turkey later this summer, sources tell ESPNDallas.com that he'll be with the team as a special guest of the Team USA coaching staff for its Las Vegas training camp through Saturday.

The move hasn't been officially announced yet, but Kidd's presence as a player liaison 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.

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) as a senior men's national team member.

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); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Robin Lopez (Phoenix Suns); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); O.J. Mayo (Memphis); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks); Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

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• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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