Rose excels on first day of Team USA camp (with video)

Rose excels on first day of Team USA camp (with video)

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:19

Derrick Rose took to the court in Las Vegas on Monday as Team USA opened training camp in preparation for the FIBA World Cup next month.

The NBA sent out a couple of video clips from practice. One featured Rose dunking with two hands on an inbounds play and the other saw the Bulls guard scoring on a drive to the basket while getting fouled.

"The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That’s all there,” said Bulls coach Tim Thibodeau, an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski on the Team USA coaching staff.

“I’ve been feeling good about myself for a long time,” Rose said," according to bulls.com. “I’ve been playing (full court) in Chicago, (but) no one has seen me in a long time. So it’s kind of weird. People are kind of like in awe just to see me going down the floor like I’m (missing a leg) or something. It’s a good feeling and this is only the beginning of a long journey, a long grind.”

After four days of practice in Las Vegas and a formal scrimmage on Friday, the national squad will break for two weeks, then reconvene in Chicago on Aug. 14. It will play an exhibition against Brazil on Aug. 16 at the United Center. The World Cup in Spain begins Aug. 30 against Finland.

The roster features a number of quality point guards, including Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Washington's John Wall, Portland's Damien Lillard and Golden State's Steph Curry. There are 19 players in camp and 12 will make the trip to Spain.

The rest of the roster includes Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Indiana's Paul George, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Houston's James Harden, Washington's Bradley Beal, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Detroit's Andre Drummond, Utah's Gordon Hayward, Denver's Kenneth Faried, Dallas' Chandler Parsons, along with Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap from Atlanta.

Bulls rookie Doug McDermott is part of the select team that scrimmages against the varsity squad in practice. Jimmy Butler was supposed to be on the select team, but was a late scratch due to a groin injury.

Kevin Love and Blake Griffin were late scratches from the national team, with Wall and Millsap added as replacements.

Here's a link to the bulls.com story, which includes much more from Rose:
http://blogs.bulls.com/2014/07/usa-basketball-off-to-a-rosy-beginning/

And video of Rose dunking:

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