Jason Kidd Named to USA Olympic Team
June 23, 2008
BERKELEY - Jason Kidd, an All-American point guard at Cal from 1993-94, has been named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, USA Basketball announced Monday.
Although his Cal career spanned just two seasons, Kidd had a tremendous impact on the Golden Bear program. He was voted National Freshman of the Year in 1993 after leading the country in steals with 110 and guiding the Bears to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. As a sophomore, Kidd was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and a first-team Associated Press All-American when he dished out a national-best 272 assists (9.1 apg) and recorded four triple doubles.
Kidd set a school record with 18 assists at Stanford in 1994 and established a Cal mark with eight steals vs. Washington in 1993. His career total of 204 steals is also a school record, snapping the previous record in only his 46th game. Overall, Kidd averaged 14.9 ppg and 8.4 apg as a collegian.
Kidd declared for the NBA Draft in 1994 and was a taken with the second overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. He was named Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill in 1995. Over his professional career, Kidd has been named a starter in the All-Star game four times and he is a four-time first-team All-Defensive performer. He ranks fifth on the NBA all-time list for assists per game (9.2) behind Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas.
This selection marks Kidd's second appearance on the U.S. Olympic team after serving as a tri-captain at the Sydney Games in 2000, leading Team USA to a gold medal.
The other members of the 12-player U.S. squad are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Michael Redd and Deron Williams.