HoopsHype Team USA rumors

August 20, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Word just coming in that Coach K is giving Derrick Rose one more night off. He now will NOT play tonight against the Dominican Republic. This is being billed as a coach's decision to give more of a look to other players as cuts approach. Kyrie Irving starts in place of Rose Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

August 19, 2014 Updates

Cousins and Rose are close to being certainties. But they are NOT locks. Tuesday’s practice marked Cousins’ first live scrimmage since he was injured last Thursday in Chicago, suffering a bone bruise in his knee. SheridanHoops

Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule. SheridanHoops

Rose is unlikely to start, a team source told SheridanHoops.com. Kyrie Irving could move into the starting five after playing exceptionally well in a sixth man role Saturday night against Brazil, and the federation was expecting Rose to be able to contribute off the bench. SheridanHoops

But if Rose’s knees remain sore – officially, the team said he was held out for “precautionary reasons – and he does not play, the makeup of the final roster will be much more uncertain than it appeared it would be when this week began. If Rose cannot handle the workload of playing three games in three nights and five games in six nights when pool play begins in Bilbao, Spain, the roster would effectively be reduced to 11 1/2 players. SheridanHoops

John Schuhmann: Rose is healthy, but got another day of rest today. Wants to play tomorrow, but Colangelo said he might not start, because of an assumed policy that if you don't practice the day before a game, you don't start. Twitter @johnschuhmann

Darnell, settle it once and for all. What's the REAL reason that Durant dropped out of consideration for Team USA? Also, please explain what exactly "mental exhaustion" is. Darnell Mayberry: I think it has more to do with Under Armour than rest. Oklahoman

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