HoopsHype USA Basketball rumors

August 22, 2014 Updates

There's a powerful person behind Derrick Rose's participation with USA Basketball that prefers to remain behind-the-scenes. Jen Swanson, whom the Bulls hired last summer as their Director of Sports Performance, is more qualified than anyone to monitor Rose's rehabilitation, knees and body. And the fact she is traveling with USA Basketball and in consistent communication with Rose, who returned to practice Thursday after three days of rest, is an important security blanket for the Bulls, who still believe reward outweighs risk in this endeavor. "Jen's doing a great job of making sure I'm coming in every day and stretching and trying to get my flexibility right through my whole body," Rose said during the Las Vegas minicamp in late July. "She stays on me, and I'm happy the Bulls got her here." Centre Daily Times

The Bulls hired Swanson away from Athletes' Performance in Los Angeles after she worked extensively with Rose during his rehabilitation from his May 2012 surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. She quickly developed a strong rapport with players during her first season and then unexpectedly developed an even stronger bond with Rose when he tore his right meniscus in November 2013. "What she has done with the team has sort of been the next step for our league," Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. "It's a piece that probably was missing. You have a trainer. You have a strength coach. And now you have a person who works with both and where if you're weak in a certain area, they can sort of lock into that. So I think she has been a big plus for us." In a rare interview last October, Swanson detailed her reasoning for leaving her successful career as a physical therapist who worked with a wide variety of professional athletes. Centre Daily Times

August 21, 2014 Updates

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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