HoopsHype Team USA rumors

July 24, 2013 Updates

Clearly, the USA Basketball officials believe in Jordan’s physical, defensive presence inside, and the 25-year-old mostly will use this week’s minicamp to take in a level of competition that he wouldn’t find anywhere else now in the summer. “This camp is educational, learning a lot not only from the Hall of Fame coaches, I’m learning a lot from the players as well,” Jordan said. “Just getting that real NBA bump. I know all of us are going to have great seasons next year. If you’re back at home, you might get a little competition. No respect to the European guys who are playing overseas, and college guys, but this is the top of the line NBA competition. This is the highest level – with younger guys. This is where you need to be.” RealGM

Turns out Krzyzewski wasn't sure how much coaching he wanted to do -- of any kind -- after the long grind in London that secured a second straight gold medal for Team USA only after a narrow, nervy escape against Spain in the championship game. "A year or so ago, I was thinking a little bit about [retirement]," Krzyzewski revealed this week. "I'm 66. I wasn't sure how long I was going to coach. "But I'm not thinking about that at all any more and haven't been for a while. I'm sure I'm gonna coach for a while, and through the Olympics by far." ESPN.com

"You shouldn't be a retired coach coaching the national team," Krzyzewski said, explaining why he felt so strongly that he couldn't have consented to stay on with Team USA unless he knew he was still in charge at Duke. "You have to be on the firing line. ... You can't shortchange -- as a player or a coach -- the national team. I know that I won't and I know the guys that we pick won't." ESPN.com

July 23, 2013 Updates

Anthony Davis is a former No. 1 draft pick and an Olympic gold medalist. Neither fact has the Chicago native resting on his laurels as he participates in USA Basketball's minicamp this week. "I don't think I'm a lock at all (for the 2016 Olympics)," Davis said Tuesday. "I have to earn my spot." Chicago Tribune

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski invited former Olympic coach John Thompson to address the minicamp participants after practice. The two matched wits twice in Duke-Georgetown battles. "He and I are great, great friends," Krzyzewski said. "He's one of the legendary figures, not just in basketball but in our country. When you think of the progress we've made with race relations, you have to consider John as one of the key people in that regard. All of those guys know who he is. If you could've seen their eyes fixated on him, it was like, 'Whoa.' It was good of John to do that." Chicago Tribune

July 22, 2013 Updates

Despite missing the 2012-13 season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose remains a possibility to make Team USA's Basketball World Cup roster next summer in Spain. USA Today Sports

"He's on the way back. It's something we just have to wait and see how he progresses," Colangelo said. "First of all, he qualifies in a lot of ways. He knows our system. He's been part of USA Basketball. He's a terrific guy. He's a great competitor. Now we have to wait and see what he looks like. How quickly does he get back to that level, and then it's going to be up to him as to whether he wants to be with us next summer." USA Today Sports

July 21, 2013 Updates

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