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Will Rose, Bulls be big in 2014-15?
Derrick Rose apparently is dazzling in Team USA training. Not only is he throwing down big dunks, but also has assistant Jim Boeheim calling him the "most impressive guy here." This is potentially big news for a former NBA MVP who has missed almost two full seasons with multiple injuries. Will he return to form? How will the Bulls, currently a top contender with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, fare in 2014-15?
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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?