Mavs’ Rick Carlisle is a guiding force at the Jr. NBA World Championship — a ‘celebratory melting pot’ of basketball 

Judging from the excitement in Rick Carlisle’s voice, one would think Mavericks training camp was commencing now, not in six weeks.

Speaking to The News by cellphone, Carlisle was, in fact, standing on a basketball court. He had just finished doing what comes naturally to him, teaching basketball, but his pupils were not Mavericks. They were 64 coaches from around the world, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney complex in Kissimmee, Fla., to guide their age 13-14 boys and girls teams in the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship.

“It looks like an Olympics, the way they have this place set up,” Carlisle said. “It’s a great coming together, a celebratory melting pot of the game. I’m really in awe of what they have done here.”

Among American-rooted sports, basketball is the only one that remotely approaches soccer in global reach. Last season’s opening-week NBA rosters included 108 players from 42 countries, marking the fourth straight year above the century mark.

Since 2001, the NBA and FIBA have staged Basketball Without Borders development and community outreach camps on six continents, but in America, basketball development largely has spawned from youth leagues like AAU and YMCA. The Jr. NBA World Championship initiative signals the league’s desire to marry its global outreach to its recent efforts to increase its involvement on U.S. soil.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver, “represents another significant step in our effort to get more engaged in grassroots basketball.”

How engaged is Carlisle in the weeklong Jr. NBA World Championship, which ends Sunday? In addition to leading an hour-long clinic and question-answer session, he is one of two NBA head coaches on the Jr. NBA leadership council. Boston’s Brad Stevens is the other.

The council also includes Golden State star Stephen Curry, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Dallas Wings star Skylar Diggins-Smith and recently hired Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek.

“Like the NBA, I believe it’s really important to impact kids at a young age about the importance of the game, how to play the game the right way,” Carlisle said. “And the importance of working hard to learn the game and love the game.”

The Jr. NBA World Championship entered its playoff bracket phase, including games later today involving Dallas-based boys and girls teams. The Dallas girls team fell in the first round of the United States bracket, and the boys won and advanced to the U.S. semifinals. They were defeated Saturday.

Sixteen boys teams and 16 girls teams — eight apiece from the United States — came to the event. Among coaches attending Carlisle’s clinic, which focused on shooting, other fundamentals and team- and coaching staff-building, were those from the U.S., Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.

Carlisle said another reason he’s in Florida this week is that one of next year’s Jr. NBA sectional tournaments will be in Dallas.

“The ultimate goal is to impact young people about the NBA, about learning to play the game the right way, learning about leadership, learning about sportsmanship and the importance of excellence,” Carlisle said. “These teams are super-competitive.”

Carlisle, of course, carries the distinctions of having coached the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title, of being the longtime president of the National Basketball Coaches Association and of having the 17th-most coaching victories (718) in NBA history and counting.

Young players, and the men and women who coach them, can learn a lot from the Skills and Drills section of the Jr. NBA website. It includes 250 instructional videos from current and former NBA and WNBA stars and coaches.

Among the videos are Carlisle-led sessions on shooting form …

And shooting off the dribble …