James was almost left off the 2008 USA Basketball Team because "no one could stand James as a 19-year-old in the 2004 Athens Olympics, nor the 2006 World Championships."
The architect of the USA basketball team, Jerry Colangelo, and Coach Krzyzewski thought they had a gold locked up by simply adding Kobe. That made LeBron dispensable. It's not surprising to find out a kid as talented as James had his fair share of "enablers." So, Team USA used Jason Kidd as the savvy vet to teach LeBron how to conduct himself during the 2007 Tournament of the Americas.