Derrick Rose Among 19 Players Picked For Team USA Basketball
You already know how we feel about Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. So seeing his name on today's list of the 19 players selected for this summer's United States men's national team roster for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup has us feeling some type of way.
Not surprisingly, names like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are absent from the 2014 roster (the big names typically come back around for the Olympics every four years), but with young superstars like Steph Curry, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant joining Rose on the squad, the USA will be the favorite yet again to take home the hardware in Spain.
Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers from London, and there were new additions of Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas.
Players will report to training camp this month in Las Vegas, where Rose will try to show he's recovered from his latest knee surgery.
"We'd like to see him play like the Derrick of old, because he's one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA," Krzyzewski said during a conference call. "What we've heard is that he's in great shape."
The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).
The roster is rich with lead guards, it's deep with shooting (oft a criticism of U.S. teams) and it's stacked with athleticism.
No matter who was picked for the 19-man roster—or who wasn't, like Wizards PG John Wall—it feels like American pride is at an all-time high coming off the soccer World Cup. Can the hoops team keep the momentum going? Any criticisms of this roster? Hit us up in the comments section below.