It would be understandable for New Orleans Pelicans Coach Monty Williams to use this week's USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas as a platform for three of his young stars to get an early acclimation to what Williams hopes to accomplish this season. Williams, now an assistant coach on the staff of Team USA under Mike Krzyzewski, will get the opportunity to see returning Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis, along with Ryan Anderson, and newly acquired Jrue Holiday participate in the three-day camp aimed toward identifying prospects for the 2014 team that will participate in the World Championships, a precursor to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. But Williams says he'll resist the temptation of watching with a New Orleans-focused eye and absorb the broader picture when working with his players, and the 27 other prospects who'll be in attendance. "I think this is good for us from a relationship standpoint," Williams said, "but from a playing standpoint, they've earned the right to be a part of the Olympic team. I don't want to abuse that right by trying to manipulate the atmosphere to benefit our team. Our team is going to benefit just because those guys are going to be there. But I want them to enjoy this right that they've earned. "I think it's important that I keep that at the forefront. My job is to make Coach K look good period. For me to do all that other staff would take away from doing that. So that's my goal, anyway I can help him, that's what I'm going to do." Krzyzewski has a 62-1 record as the head coach of the men's national team, along with a pair of Olympic golds, one of which was won last year in London when the then 19-year-old Davis, who was the first overall draft choice by New Orleans, absorbed what he could while working with stars such as Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and LeBron James along with a bevy of other NBA All-Stars who were part of that team.
Pelicans coach eager to see his players, and himself, work with USA Basketball
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jul 21