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That made his upbeat assessment about the state of his game, his mind and his body all the more important. "I'm loving the way that I'm playing," Rose said. "Of course missing shots, that's part of the game. But just conditioning-wise and how I've been playing defense and low turnovers the last couple of games, I'm loving it. I feel like me picking up fullcourt, really getting into people, running the team (helps) me knock this rust off along the way for the regular season. "I've exceeded my expectations. I'm not sore. My knees are good. I know a lot of people are concerned about that, but I think I'm playing well." Chicago Tribune

What did you see out of Derrick Rose when you were working out? Patrick Beverley: He's super strong. That's the first thing I seen with him. He's super strong, he put on some good weight. I think the day I seen him and I seen how big he was, I think the same night I went to go lift weights ‘cause I thought, you know, I saw how big he was. Just his strength, his explosiveness, the way he moves off pick-and-roll and how hard he works in the weight room. So it's a Chicago family, man. Me, him, Will Bynum, Tony Allen, we're all real close and working with each other has been a blessing this summer. CBSSports.com

"I don't pay attention to Spain," U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week. But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain's 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament. "Spain is a very, very good team. They're very good," said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Thursday. "They're big, they've played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they're skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don't do that. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates

Twitter veteran Pau Gasol alone has collected more followers than 20 of the World Cup teams put together. The new Bulls forward is the most popular World Cup player on Twitter, followed by Rockets guard James Harden and former MVP Derrick Rose. Real Madrid swingman Rudy Fernandez is the lone non-NBA player in the Top 15. HoopsHype

September 3, 2014 Updates

Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and one block with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings also expressed interest in Udoh, but the source said he was attracted to playing for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in a winning organization and on a team with a defensive mentality. Yahoo! Sports

September 2, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski tells ESPN after New Zealand win that current plan is to play Derrick Rose next 2 nights as well with no rest. Many wondered if DRose would be rested for one of Team USA's three games-in-three nights but to this point staff feels he's progressing well Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, meanwhile, remains adamant that the Team USA staff is quite comfortable having included Rose as part of its final 12-man World Cup roster, even if he's available to them only as a role player as he works his way back to full speed. "I think basically we're waiting for Derrick to have kind of a bust-out game," Colangelo said. "And if that were to happen, I think he'd take off from that point." ESPN.com

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Mike Krzyzewski is done asking Derrick Rose how he feels. The Team USA coach made that evident Monday night before Tuesday’s 101-71 win over Slovenia in the final exhibition game at the Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. ‘‘I asked [Rose on Monday], and he said, ‘I feel great,’ ’’ Krzyzewski told reporters. ‘‘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.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Krzyzewski says he can also envision Irving and Rose playing together once the tournament starts as Rose continues to acclimate himself to full-speed basketball after two major knee injuries limited him to just 10 games over the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. "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 any more." ESPN.com

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