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Rose scored seven points in 24 minutes in his Chicago return, but the fact that he was out there at all after playing just 10 games in the past two years because of two serious knee injuries is what made fans so happy. Rose was the last player introduced before the game as fans roared and chanted "MVP!" "I'm playing the way I normally play in the trials," Rose said. "Push the ball, play defense and get guys shots. When the shot is available, take the shot, and I think that's what I did tonight. I had one or two turnovers, but that could easily be changed." ESPN.com

For Rose, it was just another step on a long journey. "I've been preparing for this for a long time," Rose said. "Probably, if this was a couple weeks ago I wouldn't have been emotional, but right now it feels great. We won the game so that's the only thing I could be happy about -- we won. We didn't lose. If we had lost my whole attitude would have been different. Just take this win, go to New York [Sunday] and just try to keep this going." ESPN.com

“He’s one of the best guys in the whole world,” said Krzyzewski of Rose. “He’s so easy to coach and wants to please. It’s very neat to see how excited he is about being here in his first game back. As a Chicagoan, I’m ecstatic about him and what Tom [Thibodeau] has done for the Bulls.” Sports Illustrated

Going into this game, you didn’t quite know what you were going to get — especially after the losses of Kevin Durant and Paul George. Coming out of it, we now know what we are going to get: A whole lot of Anthony Davis, whose youthful athleticism was infectious to the entire American team in their first game of the 2014 summer. “We hope it will be like what happened with some of the guys on the 2010 team, and that this launches what should be a storied career for him,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. SheridanHoops

August 16, 2014 Updates

Team USA is only the latest entity to be left with a sour taste after dealing with Durant and his latest agent. The folks at Nike aren’t exactly happy. The folks at Gatorade already were unhappy. “It’s like Jay-Z is determined to do a scorched earth negotiation with everyone Kevin Durant is currently aligned with, and they aren’t doing him any favors,” one source close to Durant told SheridanHoops on Friday as Team USA prepared for its first exhibition game in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. SheridanHoops

Drummond wasn’t supposed to be ready to play as a rookie when the Pistons stole him with the No. 9 pick in 2012, but he wound up playing a major role as a rookie and cemented his place as one of the league’s future great big men. He wasn’t supposed to be a part of the United States national team just yet, either, but he’s ready for the future to be now. “I don’t plan on going home,” he said of his ultimate fate with roster decisions looming. “I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job here these past couple of weeks really proving I could be a part of this team. We have a lot of great players out here. I’m not going to back down. I know what’s at stake. I want to win a gold medal.” NBA.com

August 15, 2014 Updates

After all, two season-ending knee surgeries for Rose since the 2012 postseason, as well as being on the court when Paul George went down with a horrific leg injury in Vegas, would be a spooky reminder for most players. “No, I have no fears. I have faith,’’ Rose said defiantly, when asked about his own basketball mortality. “I know that I’m going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers. You can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Marc J. Spears: While Coach K wouldn't reveal the starters,a source said Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden & Anthony Davis likely vs Brazil w/1 TBD. Twitter

"It's one of those things; you don't replace Kevin Durant," Krzyzewski said after Team USA's scrimmage on Thursday. "You look different. And so we have today and [Friday] to look different before we play a really good team. That's of concern for me because we were pretty far along. We had our best camp ever in Vegas since I've coached [Team USA]. Those guys were terrific. We had more in [game plan-wise], but we had more in to play a certain way. And then Kevin deciding not to play ... it's concerning. "But hopefully we'll be good enough on Saturday [in an exhibition against Brazil], and then we use New York and Gran Canaria to get better and get better during pool play." Sports Illustrated

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