HoopsHype World Cup rumors

August 26, 2014 Updates

Dragic still might be seen more than Derrick Rose on Tuesday, but the agreement has been for Dragic to be kept to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition appearances. The Suns and his agents agreed to bump his exhibition appearances from three to five, which still keeps him out of most of Slovenia's 16 exhibitions. "You have to be ready and be fair," said Rade Filipovic, who represents Dragic along with agent Bill Duffy. "We don't want him to be burned out or injured. Everyone is concerned or cautious. "You have to respect Phoenix. He had two or three ankle injuries. It's tough. When you were born like him, you want to play. You know Goran. He plays hurt. But he's 100 percent healthy. I expect him to be 100 percent and fresh for the new season. We try to learn from the past mistakes. He's a national hero and the only guy who is the pride of the nation. It's a huge pressure for him." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is "fresh." McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. "We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament," McDonough said. "It's been a positive experience." Arizona Republic

August 25, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving will start opposite Goran Dragic at point guard Tuesday night when Team USA plays Slovenia in its final tuneup game leading into the FIBA World Cup. But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one option under consideration is letting Irving and Derrick Rose trade ‎off as the starter throughout the tournament, which opens Saturday in Bilbao with the Yanks facing Finland. "We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski said after Monday's two-hour practice. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes." ESPN.com

Krzyzewski says he can also envision Irving and Rose playing together once the tournament starts as Rose continues to acclimate himself to full-speed basketball after two major knee injuries limited him to just 10 games over the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. "I asked him today and he said, 'I feel great,' " Krzyzewski said of Rose. "He did everything. He's full go. I think there's a part of him that's like: 'Quit asking me how I feel. I'm good.' So I'm not going to ask him any more." ESPN.com

August 24, 2014 Updates

The inclusion of Drummond, Cousins and Plumlee, along with starters Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, all but assures that Krzyzewski will occasionally use lineups at the forthcoming FIBA World Cup that feature Davis or Plumlee at power forward next to a more traditional center. "This gives us an opportunity to do some things we haven't had a chance to do in the past," Colangelo said. "It's true that the preferred style of play [in recent years] has been going small, but you have to ask: Was that by choice or by necessity? "Early on [this summer], we said it would be hard to carry four bigs, but that was kind of put on the shelf. Certainly there won't be any discussion going forward about, 'What are you going to do about bigs, what are you going to do about playing teams with size?' If Coach wishes to show a big front line, he now has the capacity to do so." ESPN.com

Thompson said he isn’t worried about playing for Team USA leaving him tired for the long season the Warriors are expecting. He’s a heavy minute guy with a big task. Conventional wisdom says he will need rest to prepare for the grueling task of chasing point guards and being a key cog to the offense. The way he sees it, this experience will help him. “I’m 24. I’m young. I shouldn’t be tired,” Thompson said. “I’m not playing 40 minutes. I’m playing 15 minutes, 20 minutes. It’s even better than working out at home. I would never get this competition working at home. And it’s a different style of basketball so I’ll be learning somethings i can add to my game. I’ll be in great shape when I come into camp and be ready to go. “I played at 220 last year,” he added. “That was too heavy. I cut down to 215. I can feel the difference already. I have more energy. I’ve got to be in optimal shape. I’ve got to be able to move really fluidly on both sides of the ball. It’s a tall task. Man, I’m young. If I take care of my body and eat right, I’ll be able to do it. I did it last year so I’m sure I can do it this year.” San Jose Mercury-News

August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward. “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.” USA Basketball

Playing in his second game in ninth months, Rose came off the bench and made his presence felt, contributing six points and four assists in about 13 minutes of action. Rose had sat out of several practices earlier in the week and missed Wednesday's exhibition game versus the Dominican Republic. But he answered questions on the court. "Derrick brings something that we don't have as far as being able to push the ball so fast and get into the paint, and (he's) so athletic," USA guard James Harden said. "He made a couple cross-court passes for open threes. He looked phenomenal." USA Today Sports

Gilas Pilipinas lost to FIBA Africa Champions Angola, 83-74. Andray Blatche with 33 pts and 17 rebs. Facebook.com

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.