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April 11, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose, who hasn't played since tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in November, remains a wild card. Rose told USA Basketball he would like to come to training camp July 28-31 in Las Vegas, and the Chicago Bulls — coach Tom Thibodeau is a U.S. assistant coach — would like Rose to participate if he's ready. "As far as we're concerned, we want him to come if he's capable of doing so. If that's the case, then everyone will know where he is in terms of his status," Colangelo said. "It's just an unknown. He's on our roster. If he's prepared and equipped to go, then great. Since that's not until the end of July, there's plenty of time here for him." USA Today Sports

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Imagine USA Basketball and other top basketball nations trying to qualify for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball without access to their best players. That's exactly what will happen when national teams begin playing home-and-home qualifying games in 2017 for the 2019 World Cup. National basketball federations knew FIBA was moving toward a FIFA-style qualifying system used for soccer's World Cup, but it wasn't revealed until recently that some of the six FIBA World Cup qualifying windows will coincide with NBA training camps, regular-season play and possibly the postseason. USA Today Sports

In soccer, pro leagues around the world take a break for World Cup qualifying. It's called the international break, where England's Premier League stops play so its national team can play, say Spain, in a qualifier. Spain's La Liga takes a break, too, so the two nations can play a home-and-home series in the span of a week and have access to their top players. The NBA does not plan on taking such a break to allow its players to participate, but FIBA will try to convince other pro leagues to take a break during qualifying windows which fall during the season. USA Today Sports

Using college players in November and February seems unlikely. Even if it were possible to schedule a qualifying game where a player from Kansas would be available, how willing would Jayhawks coach Bill Self be to let a player participate in one of those games when he's trying to win a conference and national championship? D-League players and Americans playing overseas might be the best option for some games. "We have to look at everything," Tooley said. USA Today Sports

February 19, 2014 Updates

Colangelo was referring to Greece's 101-95 triumph over the USA in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. "We lost our only game, our only blemish on our record of 62-1," Colangelo said. "From that point on, we've been undefeated. We've learned. "We've shown the respect that I referred to, and I think that people have shown respect us for what we've accomplished. "The good news is that our pipeline is full. The young players all aspire to represent their country, so, so far, so good. "It's been great but the important thing is to keep it going." FIBA.com

"I was very unhappy back in 2004 when the USA finished third at the Olympics, not so much for finishing third but how they looked, how they acted," Colangelo said. "To me, there is a way to conduct yourself both on and off the floor. "So that all had to change. "I'm proud to be an American, I’m proud to represent the USA on the international stage, I love the game. I have a passion for the game. So for me, it's giving back to the game that I love so much." FIBA.com

"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

Harden was in Barcelona before the Olympics when the USA played Argentina and Spain in friendly games. "What else is more beautiful than Spain?" he said. "It's a beautiful place. I love it there." FIBA.com

Harden won the Olympic title in 2012 but has yet to feature at a World Cup. "It's always beautiful to compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and represent my country," the Houston Rockets star said. Having the chance to go to Bilbao, where the USA will compete in Group B with New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Finland, makes Harden want to be with the United States squad even more. FIBA.com

February 13, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose not only said he wasn’t depressed about his latest injury setback, but he wanted to know who even said he was. He didn’t say anything about disliking the Bulls’ rebuilding plans going forward, which was suggested in anonymous reports a few months back. He didn’t seem upset about the Luol Deng trade, said he wasn’t really even thinking about the possibility of a return this season because he’s so focused on his rehabilitation and isn’t even able to run yet. He said he feels terrific, but he hardly sounded like someone who planned to play any basketball before the USA camp this summer. “For sure, if my leg is feeling healthy I’m all in,” Rose said about the USA Basketball invite for this summer’s pre World Cup tournament. ”Of course I want to play for that team. Playing for that team, I think, helped the year I won MVP, just getting in a groove. I’m excited if I am able to play in it. Bulls.com

“I haven’t even had a chance to think about it, to tell you truth,” Rose said about holding open the possibility of a return this season or in the playoffs. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running. Right now I’m not. I’m on the Alter G (anti gravity treadmill) right now, running on that and hopefully I’ll be running without it pretty soon. “I haven’t even asked; we haven’t even talked about it (a return schedule),” said Rose. “I just come every day, six days a week and try to do all my work and see how far it’s going to take me when I step back on the court.” Bulls.com

But Rose Wednesday seemed to make clear that no longer was a possibility and that perhaps it was misunderstood back then. “I’m feeling good, feels normal,” Rose said, sounding upbeat and positive. “Just trying to take it one day at a time and trying to stay positive. It (injured knee) feels normal. It’s an easier (rehabilitation) process for sure (from a torn meniscus rather than an ACL in the 2012-13 season). I’m able to walk. It feels normal right now, but I know I’m not there. “I’m not keeping it (playing) open,” Rose corrected. “I just said right now I haven’t thought about it. I can’t think about it right now. I’m not running yet. When I get off the Alter G, that’s when I’ll consider coming back.” Bulls.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

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