Gonzo: Shall we call Team USA “The Unknowns?”

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LAS VEGAS — This summer’s USA team does not yet have a nickname or a real identity, so I decided after talking to several staff members I would call them “The Unknowns.” Team USA history is replete with nicknamed versions, from the Dream Team to the Redeem Team to the Nightmare Team to the B-Deem Team that won the Worlds four years ago. Why “The Unknowns” for this group? There is a fear of the unknown for the staff in trying to

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SH Blog: Colangelo wants two point guards, Riley wonders if Cleveland will be as good as advertised, Magic Johnson takes shots at Mike D’Antoni

Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Colangelo and Kevin Love at a USA Basketball announcement in 2013. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

With so many talented point guards looking to make it into Team USA and only so much room on the roster, Jerry Colangelo and the coaching staff have some tough decisions to make. Colangelo did specify the number of point guards he wants on the team, though, and that somewhat narrows down the choices he’s going to have. Sam Amick of USA Today has details: As Colangelo detailed in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, the most likely plan would be to

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PODCAST: Debating whether Derrick Rose makes the cut for Team USA

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Derrick Rose is one of five point guards in training camp for Team USA, and he is the only one who has these three things in play right now: _ He is trying to initiate a career comeback after playing only 10 games the past two seasons after injuries to both of his knees. _ He is the only one of the five Team USA point guards who has won an MVP award. Also, he started for Mike Krzyzewski four years ago

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Gonzo: Derrick Rose Looks Great for Team USA, but There is PG Glut

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LAS VEGAS — All I heard on the way out here was that Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski have a big problem with the recent withdrawal of big man Kevin Love, and what are they going to do at power forward? Well, after watching the first practice, I think they have a second problem — but this is the good kind. They have five point guards who can all flat-out play, and my guess is they can

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Tweet of the Day: Derrick Rose Impresses At Team USA Practice

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has spent an almost innumerable amount of time (years, months, weeks, days, hours…) focused on rehabilitation while sidelined with injuries. Finally, he is back. At least, that was the hope heading into Monday’s Team USA practice in Las Vegas. Sometimes, hope is all you have. Then, there are the bright spots where your hope is superseded by reality. This could be one of those times. Reaction from those who were at the practice seems to be quite

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SH Blog: Derrick Rose Will Practice For Team USA On Monday

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Derrick Rose will be taking the first steps towards returning to competitive basketball when he practices with Team USA tomorrow. The 2011 NBA MVP has struggled with staying on the court since tearing his ACL in 2012. After missing all of the 2012-13 season, Rose finally made his return last year for the start of the ’13-14 season. Unfortunately his return was short-lived as re-injured himself after playing just 10 games. Though some would wonder why Rose would risk further injury playing

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Tweet of the Day: Chicago Bulls Introduce Gasol, Mirotic

The Chicago Bulls introduced their two new big men Friday.
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The Chicago Bulls introduced their two new big men Friday. [AP Photo/M. Spencer Green]It’s official. The Chicago Bulls are now, barring Kevin Love being traded from Minnesota to Cleveland, the top threat to win the Eastern Conference in 2014-15. For a team that was highly competitive and amongst the best defensive squads in the league without star point guard Derrick Rose, they have gotten deeper and better. Beyond the added scoring that they’ll get from incoming rookie Doug

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