HoopsHype Team USA rumors

August 21, 2014 Updates

Team USA officials have insisted all week that they are merely treating Rose with the utmost caution after surgeries on both knees limited him to just 10 games over the past two seasons. But a source familiar with Rose's condition told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell on Tuesday that the 25-year-old has been bothered by knee soreness since his return to the floor against Brazil and requested extra time to recover. Rose denied after the game that his knees, specifically, were sore, instead characterizing it as "body fatigue." ESPN.com

As for the other cuts that will get the roster down from 16 to 12, Gordon Hayward now seems the most likely to receive the “Thanks for coming” speech before the rest of Team USA boards a plane Saturday to head to Grand Canaria. SheridanHoops

But Silver reiterated that it's still up to NBA stars to make the personal decision to play for one's country. "It is a big risk without enormous financial reward," Silver said when asked about a sentiment shared by outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during a "Commitment to Service" news conference to discuss a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense at Madison Square Garden. "But I am sitting next to our highest ranking military official," Silver said of General Martin Dempsey." I'm almost embarrassed to be talking about the risk that our players face compared to what our men and women in uniform face." ESPN.com

Silver said he isn't concerned about whether some of the NBA's best need more incentive to play in non-Olympic years. "No concern," Silver said. "It is an individual player decision and for these young men we recognize that playing in the NBA is a job and they have responsibilities to their team and their teammates as well. Ultimately they have to make that very personal decision as to whether they want to play in the summer, whether it makes sense for their bodies, whether it makes sense for their families." ESPN.com

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

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