HoopsHype USA Basketball rumors

January 23, 2014 Updates

Rose was one of 28 players named for the 2014-16 USA national team pool on Thursday, and if his surgically-repaired right knee can respond in time, he could play in this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. “Well, I’m hopeful that he will,’’ Thibodeau said of Rose on Wednesday night. “But a lot depends on where his health is. But I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he enjoyed it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. I think it’s a great honor and a privilege, and hopefully it’ll work out.” Chicago Sun-Times

The next step in the pool process for Rose would be showing he’s healthy enough to qualify for the team, and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed that in a teleconference, singling out both injured guards Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. “Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about,’’ Colangelo said. “We have a fluid roster. We continue to watch players and prepare ourselves.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

USA Basketball announced Thursday its 28-player pool for the next three summers that features a wide variety of American standouts, stretching from Miami's reigning MVP LeBron James to mercurial Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to Atlanta Hawks shooting specialist Kyle Korver. The pool, chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, is headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. It also includes a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

“Our first challenge will be the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that is being held in Spain. With 24 teams competing for the world title, including host Spain who we have had memorable games against in the last two Olympic gold medal games, we know it will be a challenge to repeat as world champions. In the history of the FIBA World Championships/World Cup, only Brazil (1959 and 1963) and Yugoslavia (1998 and 2002) have won back-to-back titles, so repeating will not be easy and is a challenge we look forward to.” NBA.com

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

Sources told ESPN.com that the formal announcement Thursday morning from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will be headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain -- but will also include a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates

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