Will the Chicago Bulls be a Factor when Boozer Returns?

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Chicago Bulls fans and management were hoping to start a new era of basketball by teaming their young superstar Derrick Rose with LeBron, Bosh, or the hometown boy, Dwyane Wade.  Instead, Chicago settled for Plan B or more likely Plan E.  Still, they should rise from mediocrity to one of the better teams in the NBA Eastern Conference this season.

By: David Kay
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Derrick Rose makes final cut for FIBA World Championships, Team USA Roster Set

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Final cuts were made today. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the 12 NBA players who will represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Named to the 12-man 2010 USA World Championship Team were: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

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Team USA Training Camp set to begin

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It’s getting close to being that time again. Team USA basketball has it’s training camp roster set already. The 2010 FIBA World Championships will be here soon.

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Derrick Rose Named to Team USA

Coach K and nine members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that captured gold in Beijing are back on board as members of the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team as 27 players were named today to the USA National Team roster

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Is Derrick Rose Ready to Lead the Bulls?

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By Paul M. Banks

The Chicago Bulls announced Monday that the team picked up the 2010-11 season options for both Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. By exercising the respective player options, both will be under contract for 2010-11. This transaction occurred on the same day Rose practiced for the first time in….a long while. Aside from the opener, Rose missed every game this preseason, and concerns in Chicago arose. There were concerns about Rose being ready for the opener vs San Antonio Thursday night. Perhaps those fears have subsided a bit now that he’s working out again, but there are some new questions lingering as the season commences.

How effective will Rose be in the early weeks and how much of his development was stunted by the time he missed? This is a franchise that hasn’t had an All-Star since what seems like forever, and they’ve also gone without a true star/franchise player since Michael Jordan. In the words of Bulls team Captain Kirk Hinrich, “We don’t have an All-Star or anything like that, we have to do it as a group and it takes a specific type of effort to do that.” However, Rose is the only player on the roster with the potential to be that missing All-Star/franchise player- and possibly soon.

Rose, appeared in 81 games (80 starts) last year en route to being selected last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year.  On the season, he averaged 16.8 ppg, a team-high 6.3 apg and 3.9 rpg in 37.0 mpg. The Chicago native shot .475 from the field and .788 from the free throw line.deron_williams

I spoke with Rose at the Berto Center about what he’s working on to bring his game, and his team, to the next level. “My mental part of the game, my approach to it, my offensive game, and approach to it. Defensively- watching players more, their strengths and weaknesses,” he responded. Rose finished the 2008-09 campaign in the top three in several categories all-time among Bulls rookies, including total points (third with 1,361), scoring average (third) and assists (third with 512).  Rose was the first overall selection in the 08 NBA Draft.

This being the golden age of NBA point guards, Rose doesn’t have to look very far to find inspirational role models for achieving that eliteness. I asked him who he looks at specifically.

“Deron Williams a lot, he’s a bigger guard, so I watch him, and watched him all through Illinois, so we have that kind of a connection,” the Chicago native said about one of the biggest stars in University of Illinois history. D. Will has become a huge star for the Utah Jazz, and (due to his Fighting Illini heroics in 2004-05) is extremely popular in Chicago. D. Rose has rightfully set his sites high. And realistically high.

Team USA Basketball Mini-Camp Preview

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By Paul M. Banks

Twenty-three of the top young NBA talents will congregate Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the July 23-25 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp.

The mini-camp consists of practice sessions on July 23 and 24th at Valley High School, with the mini-camp’s highlight, the “USA Basketball Showcase,” a Blue-White intra-squad game taking place on Saturday, July 25th, 8 p.m. Pacific at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Today, Team USA announced that 2009 NBA All-Rookie second team selection Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers / Indiana) and Warriors forward Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors / LSU) had been added to the Men’s National Team mini-camp roster.  Additionally, it was announced that Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers / New Mexico) and David Lee  (New York Knicks / Florida) will attend, but will not actively participate. Also, previously announced participants LaMarcus Aldridge, Trevor Ariza, Glen Davis and Brandon Roy will now not attend the mini-camp.

Remaining List of mini-camp attendees
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-D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats / Texas)
-Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers / Arizona)
-Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz / Arkansas)
-Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas)
-Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut)
-Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder / Georgetown)
-Blake Griffin (University of Oklahoma)
-Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets / Wisconsin)
-Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers / Arizona)
-Kyle Korver  (Utah Jazz / Creighton)
-Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets / Stanford)
-Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA)
-O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies / USC)
-Paul Millsap (Utah Jazz / Louisiana Tech)
-Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers / Ohio State)
-Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls / Memphis)
-Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks / Oak Hill Academy, Va.)
-Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA)
-Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers / Georgia Tech)

Mini Camp Staff:

-Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano team-america-world-police-posters
-Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin
-Detroit Pistons assistant Dave Cowens
-former New Orleans Hornets assistant Kenny Gattison
-Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Jerry Sichting

“While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA National Team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven’t been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously.   Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program.  As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible,” said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

Twenty of the expected mini-camp participants have played for the Red, White, and Blue before including: Aldridge, Bayless, Durant, Green, Harris, Iguodala, Lee, Mayo, Rose and Russell.

All were members of the ‘07 or ‘08 USA Basketball Select Team that trained with and scrimmaged against the 2008 USA National Team in Vegas.
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The mini-camp list features a lot 2008-09 NBA award winners. Chicago Bulls rookie guard Rose was selected the recipient of the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year award, while Mayo, Lopez, Westbrook, Gordon and Love ranked second through sixth in the award voting in 2009. Durant won the award in 2008. Claiming 2009 NBA All-Rookie first team honors were Rose, Mayo, Westbrook and Lopez, second team distinction went to Gordon, Love and Augustin, and Oden also received votes for All-Rookie team honors.

Granger was named the NBA Most Improved Player for 2008-09, while Harris, Durant, and Millsap finished second through fourth in the voting, and Lee (7th) and Young (9th) ranked among the top 10 vote getters. In the NBA Sixth Man Award voting, Millsap received votes for the honor.