USA routs Dominican Republic as Derrick Rose sits

Derrick Rose sat out to get extra rest while the USA rolled to a 105-62 win.

      
 

 

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USA guards show off depth without Derrick Rose

Team USA’s guards ready to contend for gold regardless of pace of Derrick Rose’s return.

      
 

 

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US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Derrick Rose #6 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team stretches prior to the game against the Dominican Republic National Team on August 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jesse D Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rose sat out, with team officials saying coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to be able to look longer at other players with cuts coming soon.


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Derrick Rose reportedly experiencing knee soreness

TweetDerrick Rose has shown flashes of his old self in two exhibition games for Team USA this summer, but according to reports the Chicago Bulls PG has been absent from the practice floor lately due to soreness in his surgically repaired knees. A source familiar with Rose’s condition told ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell that Rose has been bothered by knee soreness since his return to the floor Saturday night in an exhibition victory over Brazil in Chicago and requested the extra time to recover. But Team USA officials, to this point, have downplayed concerns about Rose’s status. “We’re gonna give him a couple days off because he’s been going so hard,” Krzyzewski said during the interview, which he gave en route to Team USA’s all-day trip Monday to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Rose tore his left ACL back in 2012, causing him to miss the entire following season. Rose then tore the meniscus in his right knee 10 games into the 2013-2014 season. Considering that Rose has only played a

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Derrick Rose Would Be Wise to Sit out Team USA’s Wednesday Exhibition

Until we see Derrick Rose play an entire NBA season and return to something resembling his MVP form, there is going to be panic whenever he misses a practice or game.

That’s just a reality now for Chicago Bulls supporters and basketball fans everywhere. After all, he missed the vast majority of the past two seasons and three playoffs for the Bulls, and we were potentially robbed of some classic showdowns between Chicago and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

The injuries may be in the past, but caution should still be the operative word with Rose (especially in August) with an ever-important future looming. 

Some of that natural worry popped up again Tuesday, and Comcast Sportsnet Chicago pointed out why:

The United States takes on the Dominican Republic Wednesday in an exhibition contest at Madison Square Garden. For now, Rose is still scheduled to play in that contest, although he may not start like he did against Brazil in the first exhibition because his knee soreness forced him to miss practice.

For all the concern that surrounds Rose’s health, the man himself didn’t seem particularly worried, via Tim Casey of the Chicago Tribune (subscription required):

There’s nothing wrong with rest. It ain’t like it’s the season. I’m not worried about it.

I’m really, really happy with where I’m at right now health-wise (and) recovering very quickly. I’m just trying to take my time and get rest because we have a long schedule ahead of us — just try to get as much rest as possible. 

Jerry Colangelo added more context to the situation, via John Schuhmann of NBA.com:

Rose and Colangelo are exactly right, there is nothing wrong with rest right now. He looked explosive but rusty in the 24 minutes he played against Brazil and clearly needs some live action, but his overall health is much more important.

Both he and the coaching staff (that just so happens to include Bulls head man Tom Thibodeau) should recognize this and sit him out Wednesday. After all, it’s just an exhibition game against an Al Horford-less Dominican Republic squad and ultimately has no bearing on the actual World Cup.

Plus, the United States is not going to lose, even if Rose does miss the game. It still has Kyrie Irving to fill in, and he would probably be the best player on the vast majority of the other teams competing in the event.

The risk versus reward ratio is balanced far too heavily toward risk if Mike Krzyzewski plays Rose Wednesday. There are still more exhibition games down the road before the event begins that Rose can play in.

It is much more important that the Bulls point guard is ready to go for the actual World Cup and the 2014-15 NBA season. He is one of five projected starters for the squad alongside Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis and will be asked to carry much of the load.

Once the World Cup begins, the Red, White and Blue play five games in six days before the round of 16. With so many marquee players either injured (Paul George) or no longer on the team (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love) and a loaded schedule, there will be a heavy burden on Rose.

He brings valuable international experience to the table after playing in this event in 2010 and will be seen as one of the team leaders.

What’s more, Rose’s place on the Chicago Bulls is more important than ever this year given the chaotic NBA offseason. LeBron James left Miami and George unfortunately suffered a gruesome leg injury, which puts the Bulls right near the top of the Eastern Conference with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chicago added Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic to a frontcourt that already features Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Still, it ultimately needs a healthy Rose spearheading the effort if it wants to knock James and the Cavs out in the playoffs. 

With an incredibly important NBA season and a physically grueling schedule in the World Cup on the horizon, there is no need for Rose to push his knees just for an exhibition game Wednesday. There is just too much at stake.

 

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Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

Rose hears cheers, Davis comes up big as US beats Brazil 95-78

      
 

 

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Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78 (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16: Derrick Rose #6 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team during a game against the Brazil Basketball Men's National Team on August 16, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose heard the cheers and showed some of his old explosiveness, fellow Chicago product Anthony Davis scored 20 points, and the U.S. beat Brazil 95-78 on Saturday night in a tuneup for the World Cup of Basketball. With fans roaring for Rose all night, the Chicago Bulls point guard flashed some of his MVP moves. Davis, who like Rose grew up on Chicago’s South Side, dominated down the stretch, and the U.S. pulled away after Brazil kept it close for three quarters. He hit two free throws and blocked a shot by Larry Taylor, leading to a three-point play for James Harden.


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All Eyes Shift to Derrick Rose in Team USA’s FIBA Warm-Ups

CHICAGO—Reporters swarm Derrick Rose the instant he’s free for questions, running without thought by the likes of Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Stephen Curry to shower the Chicago Bulls point guard with attention. From the looks of things, you wouldn’t know that Team USA has an exhibition game against rival Brazil on Saturday in Chicago—a healthy Rose is the main event.

Team USA has made its way to Rose’s hometown, but he’s been the center of the Americans’ summer since the moment they took the floor in Las Vegas, holding the spotlight firmly, save for the boom of Paul George‘s horrific leg injury. Everyone’s eager to see the folk hero and 2011 NBA MVP return to form. Especially on the cusp of an NBA season with an unusually wide open Eastern Conference, thanks to the trimming of the Miami Heat’s Big Three to a Big Two.

Rose could hold the key to an Eastern Conference power shift, but he processes the fervor over his fame with an increasing affability these days.

“I don’t have fear, I have faith,” he says when asked about George’s injury, along with his own tenuous health. “I know that I’ve busted my [tail] the entire two summers, two seasons, getting back to where I am right now. I’m just trying to keep it moving and stay positive every day.”

When asked about having his coach Tom Thibodeau around as a Team USA assistant, he cracks a joke. “At least he’s not spying on people at the Berto Center [the Bulls' practice facility],” he says with a laugh. This is the new Rose, with a new kind of zen. 

Rose’s unreliable body has made it hard to remember, but these two share an unparalleled competitive drive together. They’re basketball soulmates, their legacies tied directly to one another.

The Bulls’ front office efforted — and completed — deals this offseason designed specifically to maximize Rose’s talents. Carmelo Anthony didn’t materialize, but first-round draft pick Doug McDermott, free agent Pau Gasol and European wonderboy Nikola Mirotić represent a shift in Thibodeau’s historically defense-first personnel schemes.  

“I think the big thing is getting the shooting to surround [Rose] with,” Thibodeau said about the offseason moves the Bulls have made. “Teams have to play him honest, they can’t load up on him.”

Thibodeau describes Rose’s 2010 experience with Team USA as “a springboard to his MVP season,” a reminder that he’s led the star for all but two of his professional seasons.

“We expect a lot from [Rose] and hope he’ll give even more,” said Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “I think [the expectations] have probably heightened since we didn’t know who he could be until we saw him in Vegas.” 

Rose runs the floor during a Team USA scrimmage in a more methodical, measured fashion than we can ever remember from the excitable speed demon who took the league by storm years ago. With Team USA—and with any luck, the 2014-15 Bulls—Rose is able to take a step back and use his quickness and athleticism more selectively. During practice, Rose takes deep floaters for all to see; the newly-sharpened move in his arsenal perhaps a more telling sign than any of his transformation.

When asked whether Rose has gained speed upon his return, Thibodeau said, “he’s probably changing speeds a little bit better. His approach is great. He concentrates on daily improvement, on not forcing things and finding the rhythm of the game. His patience is much better.”

He’s also worked to become a much better player off the ball. In Rose’s calmer, more diverse approach, one can see the pieces of Thibodeau’s master championship plan coming together, its outline becoming more visible. All of it will be under the microscope over the next few weeks during Team USA’s exhibition games and later this month when the FIBA World Cup begins in Spain.

“I think [Team USA] gives guys a lot of confidence,” Rose says. “You’re around great players, great coaches, great trainers, you learn from everybody. You can’t do anything but grow.”

The two men at the center of the biggest Bulls season in memory look to be finding a new kind of peace simultaneously with Team USA. If they can carry this poise—and two healthy Rose knees—into the 2014-15 NBA season, there will be a short list of teams in their echelon.

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For Rose, new journey starts at home

Derrick Rose set to take next step in comeback as US national team meets Brazil

      
 

 

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For Rose, new journey starts at home (Yahoo Sports)

For Derrick Rose, it is a new beginning. The Chicago Bulls’ superstar will suit up for the first time at the United Center since his latest season-ending knee injury when the U.S. national team meets Brazil in a tuneup Saturday for the World Cup of Basketball. The Bulls are aiming high after a 48-win season in which Rose’s long-awaited comeback got cut short. He drew high praise practicing with Team USA in Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

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