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The protracted wait for Derrick Rose to return to form just might be over.
The Chicago Bulls point guard and onetime MVP is practicing with Team USA right now ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and, well, let's just say Finland and New Zealand probably aren't looking forward to defending this:
Meanwhile, if he can start hitting 3s at the rate of the other guy in this final video, the Bulls might just be Eastern Conference favorites -- even over that other contender on the American side of the Great Lakes (note: not the Bucks).
No ''I'' in Team USA hoops?
It has become a regular occurrence to see NBA players deciding against playing for Team USA for a myriad of reasons, ranging from legitimate injuries to simple lack of interest. Managing director Jerry Colangelo calls it a ''broken record'' problem and it played out again over the weekend with Kevin Love bowing out amidst swirling trade rumors that have him headed to Cleveland in the not-too-distant future.
However, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski will still have a strong core, including three players from the 2012 gold medal team from Beijing (Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and James Harden) as well as a budding superstar in Paul George.
Does the roster shuffling make you nervous about Team USA's ability to retain the gold medal? And before we get ahead of ourselves, what about winning the FIBA Basketball World Cup? That would eliminate the need to participate in the qualifying tournament next summer.
LeBron James chooses No. 23
LeBron James' other decision has been made. After four years of wearing No. 6 with the Miami Heat, the newly returned Cavalier will go back to 23 for his second stint in Cleveland. Now there's the small matter of finally bringing a championship to Northeast Ohio -- aided, perhaps, by a trade for Kevin Love.
Lakers to hire Byron Scott
According to sources, the Lakers have decided on a head coach: Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Scott, according to sources, will earn $17 million over four years and has Kobe Bryant's endorsement. Will he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?
Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed Andrew Wiggins on Thursday, meaning he cannot be traded for 30 days. This gives the Minnesota Timberwolves at least that much time to decide whether to send star Kevin Love to Ohio (reportedly in a deal for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-rounder). The Chicago Bulls also seem to have gotten into the mix (with Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic as part of their offer), and the Golden State Warriors (provided they trade Klay Thompson) long have been rumored. What will happen?