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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-

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

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.

The Golden State Warriors received his medical examinations and must give him clearance to participate.

Nedovic was a rookie during the 13-14 season.

Via Sportando

Rudy Gay Added To USA Basketball Roster

Rudy Gay has been added by USA Basketball to replace Kevin Durant.

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

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

Durant announced his decision to withdraw from the team on Thursday, citing mental and physical fatigue. 

"Kevin [Durant] wasn’t quite Kevin last week," Colangelo said. "There was a lot of stuff, speculation. I don’t know what it was. A lot of things with him. So when I got the call, I want to say it wasn’t a total surprise about him not feeling capable of going forward physically and mentally.

“He needed to get away. You got to deal with it. That’s all. It is what it is.”

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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.

The reason is not related to Paul George's injury in last Friday's exhibition game.

USA Basketball said Durant withdrew due to mental and physical exhaustion.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

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

Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA's training camp for the World Cup with back concerns, but he is continuing to work out this summer.

"It's less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact," Griffin said. "I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing everyday this early."

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

"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain.

"But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that."

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

USA Basketball Reduces Roster To 16 Players

The United States has reduced its roster for the the 2014 World Cup of Basketball to 16 players.

The finalists include three Olympic gold medalists from 2012 - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets); three 2010 World Championship gold medalists - Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and the addition of Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets) to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and to the list of finalists participating in Chicago. Plumlee began the Las Vegas training camp as a member of the 2014 USA Select Team.

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

Team USA's roster is beginning to form for the World Cup later this month.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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.

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.
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