Originally created 08/06/02

Injured Kidd replaced by Davis on U.S. national team



NEW YORK -- An injured Jason Kidd was dropped from the U.S. roster for the World Basketball Championship on Monday, replaced by New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis.

Kidd, who led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals last season, was taken off the 12-man team because of an injured groin. He was hurt during the Eastern Conference finals against Boston.

"The feeling was it would go away, but it hasn't yet," Nets president Rod Thorn said. "It's still bothering him, and the feeling of our medical staff and Jason was we ought to play it safe."

Kidd is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The FIBA World Championship is Aug. 28-Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. The U.S. team begins training Aug. 16 in San Francisco.

"It's unfortunate that Jason Kidd won't be a part of the 2002 USA Basketball team," said Stu Jackson, chairman of USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team. "He has been a great player for USA Basketball over the years and will be sorely missed."

Kidd was on the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics.

Davis, who played for the United States in the 2001 Goodwill Games at Brisbane, Australia, averaged 18.1 points, 8.5 assists and 3.1 steals for the Hornets last season.

"This is a great honor," Davis said. "It's unfortunate what happened to Jason Kidd. He's a great point guard. But I'll do my part to make everyone happy."

The rest of the U.S. roster for the World Championship: Ray Allen, Elton Brand, Antonio Davis, Michael Finley, Raef LaFrentz, Shawn Marion, Andre Miller, Reggie Miller, Jermaine O'Neal, Paul Pierce, Ben Wallace.

Alternates are Nick Collison and Jay Williams.