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Derrick Rose 'Fine' With Reserve Role For Team USA

Derrick Rose says he has no issues as a reserve player for the U.S. national team after appearing to be the favorite to start earlier in the summer.

"We have a deep team," Rose said. "And that’s what makes us so good.

"My role is coming off the bench right now. I'm fine with it. I know no second unit can win when I'm on the court or stick me when I'm on the court."

Rose is using the Team USA experience to improve his basketball shape.

"I’m just trying to put that behind me," Rose said of any trepidation he's feeling as he ramps up his comeback from the two devastating injuries that limited him to 10 games over the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

"I know the questions are going to come and they're going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it. I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Colangelo: James Harden Has Become USA's Leader

James Harden and Anthony Davis are the only holdovers from the 2012 Olympics team that will play for the United States in the World Cup.

“Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said as his team continues to prepare for the tournament in which the winner earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.”

Harden's career trajectory changed dramatically after he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.

“It’s so many things these last couple of years that’s been thrown at me, from me being traded, to people talking, just everything,” Harden said. “I try to focus on myself and how can I be a better basketball player. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. I try to do it to the best of my ability and continue to work hard.”

Harden declared himself the best player in the world recently.

“I think everybody feels that way. Every NBA player. Even growing up, growing up youngins have dreams that they want to be the best basketball players in the world,” Harden said. “As a basketball player, or any athlete, you got to have confidence, you’ve got to have confidence the whole time. You just go out there and do your job and have confidence that your abilities are good enough. Whatever is thrown at me, I just try to take it for what it is and just have fun.”

 

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Kyrie Irving To Start At PG For Final Team USA Tuneup

Kyrie Irving will start at point guard when Team USA players Slovenia in its final tuneup before the FIFA World Cup.

Mike Krzyzewski is considering using Irving and Derrick Rose as alternating starters at point guard.

"We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski said after Monday's two-hour practice. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes."

Krzyzewski could also use Irving and Rose on the floor together.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Considers Alternating Irving, Rose At Starting Point Guard

Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for Team USA in the final exhibition game against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Mike Krzyzewski revealed that alternating Irivng and Derrick Rose at starting point guard is one option under consideration throughout the World Cup, which starts on Saturday.

"We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski said after Monday's two-hour practice. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes."

Rose and Irving could also play minutes together, as Rose continues to acclimate himself to full-speed basketball.

"I asked him today, and he said, 'I feel great,'" Krzyzewski said of Rose. "He did everything. He's full go. I think there's a part of him that's like: 'Quit asking me how I feel. I'm good.' So I'm not going to ask him anymore."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Cuts Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver For World Cup Roster

The USA Basketball National Team announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.

Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.

"Since taking over the USA Basketball Men's National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we've gone through," Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I can't stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent -- each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing."

"The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process," said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. "To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.

"I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'

Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil at the United Center on Saturday night.

Rose, who has had season-ending surgeries on both knees since the 2012 NBA playoffs, sat out both practices in New York but participated in the shootaround Wednesday morning and, according to one source, ‘‘moved very well.’’

According to a Chicago Bulls' source, Rose has been having ‘‘some aches in both knees, as well as his body, over the last 72 hours, but nothing unexpected or even out of the ordinary.’’ 

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

USA Could Finalize Roster By Thursday

USA Basketball could finalize their World Cup roster as soon as Thursday.

Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com that one scenario under consideration by USA Basketball officials is reducing the current 16-man roster to 12 or 13 players after Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden.

"We've said we wanted to wait through the end of the week in New York before we made cutbacks," Colangelo said Monday, "but that could still change."

USAB must submit its official 12-man roster for the World Cup on Aug. 29 -- one day before the tournament starts.

Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.

DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond are competing for only one guaranteed spot as backup center, though it's possible two of them could be on the plane to Spain.

Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan are also at risk of being cut.

Colangelo and Krzyzewski have consistently referred to the "core players" of the squad as Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long

Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during USA's 95-78 win over Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center.

Rose was introduced last and receive a warm welcome from the crowd.

"That was huge. I was surprised I didn't get nervous out there," Rose said.

"All summer long I think he's gotten more comfortable," said Chicago Bulls head coach and U.S. assistant Tom Thibodeau. "He went through the comeback last year and learned a lot from it. I love the way he's playing. He's finding the rhythm of the game and he's playing to his strengths."

 

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Team USA Cancels Aug. 27 Appearance In Senegal Due To Ebola Concerns

USA Basketball has canceled its all-day trip to Senegal that was scheduled for Aug. 27 due to a record outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

The senior men's national team, led by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, had been scheduled to make its first visit to Africa on Aug. 27 for an all-day procession of clinics, tours and receptions in Dakar.

"I speak for all at USA Basketball when I say we're extremely disappointed we will not be able to visit Senegal," Jerry Colangelo said.

"Our entire traveling party was very much looking forward to the experience."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Listed Day-To-Day, No Structural Damage To Knee

USA Basketball National Team member DeMarcus Cousins suffered a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate during Thursday’s USA practice in Chicago.
An MRI was done on Thursday and revealed no structural damage.

Cousins is listed as day-to-day.

Via RealGM Staff Report

United Arab Emirates Archives

Nemanja Nedovic Didn't Fracture Foot, Hopes To Play In World Cup

Nemanja Nedovic did not suffer a fractured foot and he hopes to play for Serbia in the World Cup of Basketball.

Rudy Gay Added To USA Basketball Roster

Rudy Gay will compete for one of the final 12 roster spots that goes to Spain for the World Cup.

Colangelo: Durant Wasn't Himself Last Week

Jerry Colangelo said that Kevin Durant didn't seem himself last week during USA Basketball's training camp in Las Vegas.

Kevin Durant Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Kevin Durant is poised to withdraw from Team USA heading into the World Cup trip to Spain.

Blake Griffin Continuing To Work Out, Back Isn't Fractured

Blake Griffin weighed continuing with USA Basketball until the end of the World Cup on Sept. 14 or being rested for the upcoming Clippers' season.

USA Basketball Reduces Roster To 16 Players

Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and James Harden are the three holdovers from the 2012 Olympic team.

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Millsap Cut From Team USA

Team USA cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap from its roster on Monday, according to sources.

Silver: NBA Will Evaluate Pros, Cons Of International Tournaments

Adam Silver said he doesn't expect a major change in the participation of NBA players in international competitions following the injury to Paul George.

Ognjen Kuzmic Has Stress Fracture, Out For World Cup

Ognjen Kuzmic has a stress reaction in his left leg and will be sidelined for about four weeks.

Paul George Undergoes Surgery, Expected To Miss 14-15 Season

While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.

Paul George Suffers Horrific Leg Injury

Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.

Spurs Won't Give Manu Ginobili Permission To Play In World Cup

Manu Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.

Canada Targeting 2020 Olympics For Current Core To Peak

Canada will try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, but the 2020 games have been targeted as when the current crop of players will truly be ready to compete.

Jazz See Dante Exum Playing In World Cup As Development Opportunity

Dante Exum should get a lot of minutes for Australia in the World Cup of Basketball next month.

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Paul Millsap Receives Invitation For Team USA

The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.

Kevin Love Withdraws From USA Basketball

Sources said that Kevin Love couldn't risk injury at this point with trade talks in a sensitive place.

Blake Griffin Withdraws From 2014 USA Basketball

Blake Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

USA Basketball Releases 2014 Training Camp Roster

DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons have been added to the USA training camp roster.

Westbrook Withdraws From USA Basketball For World Cup

Russell Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.
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