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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  31 responses

Derrick Rose Still a Candidate for US Olympic Team


Now that he’s recovered from a torn left ACL, Derrick Rose is on his way back to the court, and Team USA is still very much interested in his services. Per the Chicago Tribune: “Rose played for Team USA when it won gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. He has consistently expressed his desire to play in an Olympics. What’s his standing moving forward? ‘He could factor in very well,’ USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. ‘It’s really up to him. We’re waiting for him to come back physically and emotionally and see how he does this year. But we very much consider him a candidate.’ Colangelo is presiding over a four-day minicamp for younger prospects that began Monday. Tom Thibodeau is a new assistant coach to holdover coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. The senior team’s next international commitment is the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Then comes the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. ‘It’s going to be very difficult next spring when we have to pick a roster,’ Colangelo admitted. ‘It won’t be the 12 best players. It will be what we think makes up the best team.’”

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  • Enigmatic

    I thought Rose did a pretty good job in 2010 with the olympic squad. He focused on being a facilitator, I think he was like fifth in scoring but led in assists.

  • King David

    im soo over DROSE, hope he comes back the same tho

  • LLC#12

    I could see the US being knocked off the pedestal in 2014. 2016 Olympics will be a safe gold, but 2014, it’s hosted by Spain, and for a lot of that Spanish team it will be their last hurrah, and whilst you can bet on them having their absolute strongest team out – and most of that team will be getting a serious challenge next month – the USA have no idea what their team will be, and 2014 will be their first competition in 2 years. For the 2012 Olympics, I was like 80% US, 20% Spain. For 2014, I’d say I’m closer to 60-40.

  • spit hot fiyah

    shocking news here, a guy who was the mvp two years ago is considered for the olympic team.

  • spit hot fiyah

    100% agreed. for p gasol and navarro who have been the backbone of that team, this 2014 is probably the last shot they have. fortunately for spain they have some really good incoming talent, unlike argentina who seems to be almost completely done for the near future after the prigioni, scola, ginobili era is over.

    but after pau and jc navarro are gone from the national team i think spain will take a step back for sure, not a big one though

  • pposse

    a candidate?! he needs to be the starting pg on the team

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed. He was a great fit for that set of players but it’ll be interesting to see how he plays with LBJ,KD,Melo,D12, etc. I think he’ll be just fine.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the world championships, not olympics

  • ChosenOne

    The main threats to Team USA are Spain, Lithuania, and France. However, I trust the players, along with Coach K and the great coaching staff to pull it off. I’m trying to think with who will be the probable starting five in next years World Cup?
    G – Irving/Conley
    G – Rose/Westbrook
    F- Paul George
    F- Love/Iggy
    C- Drummond/Cousins
    I’m struggling to see who the coaching staff will play in the front court. Maybe they may change the line-ups to suit the different matchups. But I know Colangelo is hot on using two point guards to start, and have one play off the ball like Mike Conley. Thoughts?

  • ChosenOne

    I forgot KD.. .Wow!!

  • ChosenOne

    I have a feeling LeBron won’t play in the next Olympics. Same with Melo and D12. Either Age issues, or needing rest or whatever. I don’t know for sure, but I think Colangelo and them guys are looking for the younger players coming through. I may be wrong but…

  • robb

    lol really??? naaaaaah

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    You’re probably right. I totally forgot that they’ll all be a tad bit older and they already have medals. I could see us getting dethroned in 2016 depending on the continued development of the young players of today.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the next olympics is in brazil, don’t sleep on that

  • Enigmatic

    I know it was the world championships. They’re informally called the olympic squad or team. I didn’t say he did a pretty good job in the olympics, did I?

    F*ck, every little thing you write is subject to upmost scrutiny on here, isn’t it?

  • LLC#12

    Yeah that is probably quite a realistic team, apart from they might play Durant at the 4, as they have done with LeBron in the past. The world cup doesn’t attract the same interest from players, which I hope changes, I think it would be good for global basketball if the world cup was the show-piece event, anyway, that’s another matter!

    The front court has a lot of question marks i think, I’m pretty certain the US won’t be able to get a big man rotation that’s as good as Pau/Marc/Ibaka, but at the 3 and the 2, they beat Spain by a landslide. The 1 is a lot closer, as Rubio/Calderon is excellent depth, and they are both quality players, but the US still edges them there. You’re right about the two point guards starting, but i’ve noticed this often has less success against Spain than against other nations, as Calderon is so excellent at not turning the ball over, whereas a lot of other teams, the pg sees two all-star pg’s hounding him and just lays an egg.

    I’m excited to see how things go down in the Eurobasket, to see how Spain manage without their 2 best players (Navarro and Pau), and also, as you mention, to see how France play. France have been unfortunate in that they never seem to have all their NBA players their at once, which is a shame because a team of Noah, Turiaf, Seraphin, Diaw, Batum, De Colo, Parker, Beaubois, Mahinmi, Petro etc would be very strong. Lithuania’s prospects for 2014 hinge a lot on who retires between now and then, their squad for the Eurobasket looks good, with plenty of size, so if they can keep that together for 2014 they should be solid.

  • daBIZ

    KD’s forgivable. he may very well skip the World’s like the top USA team members did in ’10. But Harden??? He and Kyrie will be the starting backcourt. Wall and Conley are going too.

  • ChosenOne

    I co-sign all of this.
    I too would like to see the World Cup have more of a significance as well as the Olympics. I mean it’s getting there, but there’s still room for it to grow.
    I hear Harden may be going to the worlds now, which is good as I thought only Beal was the legit SG on the entire roster.
    With regards to the Eurobasket… Spain should hold their own, as they still have Rubio on board and Marc Gasol. I’m more interested in Great Britain, and how they matchup with the rest of the Euro elite. Deng won’t be there, so do they recruit Ben Gordon?

  • spit hot fiyah

    wow chill out bro, jut made a correction. i took olympic squad as meaning the squad that played at the olympics. team usa works all the way around.

  • LLC#12

    Harden will surely be a starter if he goes, he’ll be a very useful player for them. Yeah, I think this might be Rubios first tournament as Spains starting pg, cause he missed the 2012 Olympics and I think before then he was the backup to Calderon, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he does.

    Well, as a Brit myself, I’m not too hopeful. We are capable of beating Belgium, Ukraine, Israel and Germany I think, but I’d probably bet on us only winning 2 of those. No chance against France, so we’ll finish with a record of 2-3, or 3-2 if we’re lucky.

    Not having Deng really hurts us, we have capable players, but he was undoubtedly our driving force. Up front, we should still be competitive, Joel Freeland and Pops Mensah-Bonsu are solid, reliable players with NBA experience. There is a lot of ? marks though for the rest of the team. Andrew Lawrence (who just finished up summer league for the Wizards) is probably going to start at Point Guard, but at the 2 and 3, I don’t know who will start. Ben Gordon would be ideal, as he would fill some of the scoring void left by Deng, but he has been invited numerous times to camp, only to be a no-show for various reasons, so I think a lot of the GB public have lost interest/hope in getting him. I also know Byron Mullens acquired a GB passport last year prior to the Olympics but had to sit them out cause of an injury, but I think he just wanted the experience of playing in the Olympics, so probably isn’t interested in Eurobasket.

  • Enigmatic

    Sorry, had a slight case of nbk-itis this morning.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey whoa whoa, when do i complain about people over scrutinizing something? i wouldn’t complain about my schtick, come on fam. lol

  • Enigmatic

    I meant getting defensive n stuff. smh there you go, over-scrutinizing what I said haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha that’s exactly why i responded.

  • LakeShow

    PG: Rose
    SG: Irving
    SF:Curry
    PF: Paul
    C: Westbrook

    We’d still take first. Easily. No offense other countries.
    (Okay maybe Spain…)

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    You’re probably right. I totally
    forgot that they’ll all be a tad bit older and they already have medals.
    I could see us getting dethroned in 2016 depending on the continued
    development of the young players of today.

  • danpowers

    already forgot the 2004 olympics and several fiba world cup tournaments? uhm…

  • Max

    No way that team would win it all.

  • Max

    No way you’re beating Belgium. :)

  • Max

    I don’t think KD will skip something like that. He loves the game too much.

  • Max

    Dwight is definitly going.
    He’ll probably come back with 3 more babies.

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