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Sep 7

BARCELONA–It’s time for Ray Allen to come back to the Midwest, where it started for him on the western shores of Lake Michigan 18 years ago.

Ray Allen’s best — and, really, only sensible — option is to sign with the Bulls this season.

The future Hall of Fame shooting guard, who is 39, remains a free agent and has …

Sep 6

BARCELONA–Is the Derrick Rose we are seeing in Barcelona the new Derrick Rose as Rose Saturday was scoreless with four assists in about 16 minutes in the USA’s 86-63 win over Mexico? Or really the old Derrick Rose, the Rose we are going to see instead of the Rose we had seen?

Got that?

“Oh hell yeah,” Rose said when …

Sep 5

BARCELONA — This seaside city of fine art and architecture is where Christopher Columbus first set foot after his new world discoveries, where Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali found inspiration for their art and where Derrick Rose searches for his jump shot.

That’s one of the subplots for USA Basketball — the entire team’s shooting, actually — as the team …

Sep 4

USA Basketball concluded pool play 5-0 Thursday with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine.

Derrick Rose playing in his third game in three days shot two for nine for four points with four rebounds and four assists.

Overall, in the five games Rose shot 25 percent from the field, averaging 5.4 points and 2.4 assists in 17.8 minutes per game.

I …

Sep 3

After four games in pool play for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Derrick Rose is averaging 5.8 points on 26.1 percent shooting, two assists and two turnovers in 17.5 minutes per game.

No MVP chants. But Rose in Wednesday’s USA 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic was arguably the USA’s most efficient and aggressive guard and …

Sep 2

You don’t want to examine the box score of Tuesday’s 98-71 USA Basketball victory over New Zealand to measure the effectiveness and impact of Derrick Rose.

Rose played 17 minutes, shooting one of six with two assists, a block and a steal.

There was no issue or question about the health of Rose’s surgically repaired knees, which has been the …

Sep 1

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is turning out to be a delight for Bulls fans. It has to be encouraging to have the most dominant player in the world tournament playing for your NBA team.

Yes, Pau Gasol is unstoppable.

Gasol, the Bulls big summer free agent acquisition, continued Monday to be the best and most dominant player in the …

Aug 31

That’s why the Bulls acquired Pau Gasol and stuck with Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott. It’s why they also lured Nikola Mirotic over from his team in Spain and took a chance on much traveled Aaron Brooks. And also why the Bulls may not be done yet.

Derrick Rose is going to have those kinds of games like …

Aug 30

We forget sometimes these days because it’s basically been so long. But there’s nothing like Derrick Rose blowing past a defender and power dunking, like he did early in Saturday’s USA 114-55 victory over Finland to open the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

There’s certainly no one on the USA Basketball team as fast as Rose, and when Rose …

Aug 26

Derrick Rose didn’t have a very good game Tuesday in USA Basketball’s 101-71 exhibition victory over Slovenia, the final tuneup before the start of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball Saturday.

Rose scored three points in 20 minutes with three turnovers, missing all three of his field goal attempts coming off the bench behind Kyrie Irving. Rose also had an …

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