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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 22

Derrick Rose Friday provided some answers with a strong, healthy performance in the USA’s 112-86 exhibition game victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden.

USA Basketball’s response ended the questioning as Rose early Saturday morning was named among the 12 USA players for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain beginning Aug. 30.

The 12-player team is Rose, …

Aug 1

Derrick Rose’s joyous return to basketball Friday with USA Basketball turned to despair for Paul George, the Indiana Pacers and the nation’s basketball program.

Late in an entertaining scrimmage in which Rose was performing spectacularly in his first NBA competition since his meniscus tear last November, George in trying to block a breakaway drive by James Harden from behind caught …

Jul 31

It’s just an intrasquad scrimmage Friday—though with some pretty good talent—to conclude the week of camp for the USA Basketball team (8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN). But it’s going to provide a preview of what looks to be some very highly entertaining basketball.

“I think we’re going to swarm and play fast,” said former Bull Kyle Korver, who will be …

Jul 29

Media members were only allowed in for the last half hour of USA Basketball scrimmages Tuesday in Las Vegas. I watched carefully, and Derrick Rose did appear fast, though not faster than a speeding bullet. He was powerful, though not more so than a speeding locomotive and Rose’s jumping ability seemed untainted, though not quite ready to leap a tall …

Jul 28

There was much anticipation and a festive atmosphere Monday on the UNLV campus for the opening of USA Basketball training camp for the 2014 Basketball World Cup. It was Derrick Rose’s latest return from multiple knee surgeries, and the reviews were spectacular.

“Better than four years ago,” raved coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Looked real explosive, I thought he was one of …

Jun 4

Bulls center Joakim Noah has another accolade to add to his best professional season thus far, this time as a member of the 2013-14 All-NBA First Team.

Noah, previously named the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, joined Kevin Durant, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul on the first team, the NBA announced on Wednesday. He appeared …

Apr 21

Joakim Noah has always been a team first kind of guy.

Earlier this season, for example, his name started to be mentioned in the MVP conversation. No one thought he would jump past the likes of Kevin Durant or LeBron James to win the award, but he belonged in the discussion and that in itself was significant.

After all, Noah …

Apr 19

So did we go another year just for Heat-Spurs II? Or can Oklahoma City finally break through now that they are about to have the league MVP? Or has Houston made the offseason acquisition with Dwight Howard that will be the difference?

As the 2014 NBA Playoffs open Saturday with Brooklyn at Toronto at 11:30 a.m. CT followed by perhaps …

Apr 15

The first award of the 2014 NBA awards season goes to former Bull Luol Deng.

Deng was named winner of the 2013-14 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. It is voted on by the 175 members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, similar to the media group that votes for the NBA post season awards. The honor goes to a player, …

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