HoopsHype Team USA rumors

January 23, 2014 Updates

The next step in the pool process for Rose would be showing he’s healthy enough to qualify for the team, and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed that in a teleconference, singling out both injured guards Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. “Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about,’’ Colangelo said. “We have a fluid roster. We continue to watch players and prepare ourselves.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose traveled but did not sit on the bench. Thibodeau mentioned in his postgame comments that Rose has started shooting. Rose also found out he landed a spot in the pool of 25 to 30 players for Team USA 2014-16 that will be announced Thursday. “I love that kid,” former teammate Luol Deng said. “He works so hard. … He has a chance to make something amazing out of (his story) and I think he will.” Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2014 Updates

Wizards point guard John Wall will not be among the 28 NBA players who will compete for the FIBA World Cup in Spain, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Wall, who is having the best season of his career, was among the players chosen to participate in Team USA mini-camp last July and spent a week training with several rising talents such as Paul George, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Washington Post

After six years away, Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard will return to USA Basketball with an intent to play in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Howard's return to the Team USA pool of players for the World Cup in Spain this summer could clear the way for the seven-time All-Star center to be part of the national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Yahoo! Sports

January 15, 2014 Updates
December 20, 2013 Updates

Colangelo declined to speculate on specific names, but players such as Stephen Curry and Paul George, who did not participate in the men's national team's mini-camp in Las Vegas in the summer, are expected to be on the list, along with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, who already have committed to playing in Spain. "It's the same process of monitoring the players we have interest in and who have been part of our player pool, and our plan is to wean the existing pool and make additions that we wish to," Colangelo said. "Going back to being consistent, we've talked about it being a fluid process where we add and delete (names) as we go along." USA Today Sports

October 3, 2013 Updates

Pacers center Roy Hibbert wants to be part of the USA Basketball team and he said this week that international lawyers and his agent are in the process of trying to make that happen. Hibbert previously played a short stint with Team Jamaica after he was passed over and that has thus far made him ineligible. “I wanted to play in the Olympics and then they invited some other guys from my draft class to be centers,” Hibbert explained. “I thought I could have been in that group. If I had gotten invited, I wouldn’t have played for Team Jamaica. You live and you learn. If I don’t play for Team USA ever again, I’ll enjoy my summers and bulk up like I did this summer.” Pacers.com

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