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USA Basketball released the names of 27 players confirmed as participants in next month's Team USA training camp in Las Vegas.
Even though Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is now on board as an assistant coach with the national team, he apparently doesn't have the pull to get a second player invited.
Taj Gibson was the only Bulls player on Wednesday's training camp list. Gibson spent last summer on the U.S. Select team that scrimmaged against the Olympic squad. There was talk that Bulls forward Jimmy Butler might be considered for Team USA camp, but he was not included. Maybe there's a wait list.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was named one of three assistant coaches for the U.S. national team on Monday. He will serve at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Thibodeau joins Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams on the staff with head coach Mike Krzyzewski from Duke.
Krzyzewski talked about Thibodeau's addition in a statement: “To have Tom Thibodeau join us, I think his reputation speaks for itself. He was a great assistant who has become an outstanding pro coach, and nobody wants to play the Bulls.
Dennis Rodman took a break from North Korean relations to suggest Friday that LeBron James would be an average player if he played in the 1990s.
Rodman’s made his remarks on “The Dan Patrick Show.” Here’s the transcript, according to espn.com, which began, of course, with the compulsory comparison of James to Michael Jordan.
"It's really not a comparison,” Rodman said. “If LeBron was playing in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, he would be just an average player. To do what Michael has done ... what he did was more charisma, there was more articulating and stuff like that. LeBron is more like ... there's no flash to his game.
First of all, the most shocking part of Tuesday's Indiana victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals -- from a Bulls perspective -- was LeBron James fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Remember, against the Bulls in the last series, James went nearly three full games -- from late first quarter of Game 2 to late first quarter of Game 5 -- without picking up a single foul. That added up to 119 minutes of playing time (nearly two hours) without being called for a foul.
James did foul out once before in a playoff game, last year against Boston, so it wasn't unprecedented.
Nate Robinson made a pitch to return to the Bulls next season, but acknowledged that the odds may be against him.
Robinson was an amazing story this season. He signed a non-guaranteed, minimum-salary contract last July, then ended up being the team’s hero of an improbable playoff run.
He scored 34 points in a triple-overtime win over Brooklyn on April 27, then added 27 points in a surprising Game 1 win at Miami on May 6.
“I would love to (return). Honestly, I really would,” Robinson said in the locker room, an ice bag resting on his right thigh. “Knowing the guys that we have here, I know there’s probably limited space for me, but we’ll see how it goes.
“I love this team. I love these guys and if I could stay here, it would be wonderful.
Here's the recap of Bulls news on Sunday afternoon:
--As expected, coach Tom Thibodeau was fined $35,000 for criticizing the officiating after Game 3. He already spoke to the media when the fine was announced, then told the media relations staff he had no comment.
Thibodeau was obviously trying to win a few more calls for Game 4 on Monday, so we'll see how that turns out.
--Luol Deng talked about his slow progress from the spinal tap/bad reaction. He said he tried to work out on his own Saturday, but ended up throwing up after five minutes. On Sunday, he tried warming up with the team and didn't last very long.
The one interesting sight at Friday's shootaround was Tom Thibodeau coaching Derrick Rose during his usual post-practice workout. Rose would practice a move and Thibs would say something like, "Try this" or "Work on that."
Still no sign of Rose playing in tonight's Game 3 at the United Center. Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich have also been ruled out.
In the meantime, the NBA assigned noted hard-line referee Joe Crawford to tonight's game. The Bulls should have learned in Game 2 not to let calls or officials get them distracted. They've got to be sharp and stick to the game plan to stay with Miami.
Game 2 featured 9 technical fouls (6 on the Bulls), along with a flagrant (on Miami's Chris Andersen) and ejections of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.
MIAMI -- One topic getting some play in Miami today is whether LeBron James might take a turn guarding Bulls sparkplug Nate Robinson.
If it happens, it would most likely be late in the game. James got plenty of credit for slowing down Derrick Rose during the 2011 conference finals, especially in Game 4 when Rose had chances to win the game in regulation, but couldn’t score against James one-on-one.
Rose is 6-2, Robinson is listed at 5-9. Guarding someone nearly a foot shorter would be a challenge for James. But I suppose the theory is he’d do as good a job as anyone else on the Heat roster.
“We’ll see,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s not the let time we would have done it. ‘One Through Five,’ that’s his nickname for a reason.”
MIAMI – Nothing new at Bulls shootaround today. According to coach Tom Thibodeau, Luol Deng is feeling better, but is still back in Chicago, so he won’t play tonight.
Kirk Hinrich is officially a game-time decision, but he sounded pessimistic yesterday, so doubtful would be a good description of his status.
Asked about an Internet report Derrick Rose might start suiting up for games in case of emergency, Thibodeau smirked and said, “Nothing’s changed.”
In the meantime, here’s an optimistic thought for Bulls fans: Is it possible Miami lost its edge by coasting through the second half of the season?
Luol Deng will definitely not play in Monday's Game 1 against Miami. He was back in the hospital Sunday, still in Chicago, trying to recover from a bad reaction to a spinal tap administered Thursday. It's too soon to tell if he has a chance to play in Wednesday's Game 2.
Kirk Hinrich will test his injured calf and decide tonight whether or not he can play. He warmed up before Sunday's Game 7 in Brooklyn and decided he wasn't healthy enough to help the team.
Meanwhile, Derrick Rose spoke again at Monday's shootaround at American Airlines Arena, but his story hasn't changed. He won't play tonight, but won't rule out playing at some point in this series.
"Right now, I'm not ready so I'm just trying to take my time and just really, really be smart," Rose said, according to espn.com.