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It wasn’t always pretty for Bulls guard Derrick Rose in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. In fact, there might have been more ugly moments with the way he played. But when Rose returns to U.S. soil in the next few days, he will do so knowing his two surgically repaired knees are good to go for the start of what will be a very important season for the Bulls. And he also will be sporting a second gold medal. Despite Rose going scoreless for the second game in the tournament, his U.S. teammates did more than enough to run Serbia … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:48:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls brass says stats belie Derrick Rose’s FIBA success ]]> Lead story image

The numbers really don’t scream “success.’’ Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will enter the gold-medal game of the FIBA World Cup against Serbia on Sunday shooting 15-for-55 (27 percent), including 1-for-17 from beyond the three-point line. He has averaged 5.4 points per game. That isn’t exactly meeting expectations. But to Rose and his bosses, numbers be damned. “I would give it an A in my mind,’’ Rose told reporters, pointing out the fact that he has played in only 10 regular-season games since the 2012 playoffs because of two knee surgeries. “Just coming off of what I had to go … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:35:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls show off stunning new practice facility ]]> Lead story image

Oh, what Carmelo Anthony could have had. A locker room straight out of a high-end Italian furniture catalog, a theater-like film room with a 95-inch screen, therapeutic hydro-pools — a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art practice facility that will be the model for the rest of the NBA to emulate. “Well, it was hard back then because that was July 1 and I can’t tell you how much has been done in that time,’’ Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Friday, recalling the tour then-free agent Carmelo Anthony was given of the Advocate Center. “It looked nothing like this. It … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose reverts to passive style, shoots poorly in Team USA blowout ]]> Lead story image

Just like that, the lid was back on. After an apparent breakout game in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals against Slovenia, Derrick Rose (four points) was back to his passive ways, shooting 1-for-8 from the field in Team USA’s 96-68 semifinal victory Thursday over Lithuania in Barcelona. Thanks to 16 points in the third quarter by James Harden and a game-high 18 points from Kyrie Irving, Team USA will play in the gold-medal game Sunday against the winner of the Serbia-France semifinal Friday. And while Rose’s scoring hasn’t been needed in the tournament, his showing Tuesday gave coach Mike Krzyzewski … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:19:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose leads Team USA to World Cup semis vs. Lithuania ]]> Lead story image

Bulls guard Derrick Rose promised a different game was coming. “I found it now,’’ Rose told reporters Monday. “You’ll see [Tuesday].’’ Not a bad call. In his best performance in the FIBA World Cup, Rose shot 6-for-10 from the field for 12 points, had five assists and grabbed three rebounds to help Team USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in Barcelona to set up a semifinal matchup against Lithuania. Rose was held scoreless in the round of 16 against Mexico, and his field-goal percentage had plummeted to 22 percent (8-for-37). Rose can thank Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski for the biggest assist. … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:47:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scoreless Derrick Rose feeling out of place in Team USA win ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose admittedly isn’t in his element. All-Star teams and USA Basketball don’t seem to be his cup of tea. So while Team USA continued to cruise through the FIBA World Cup on Saturday in Barcelona, Rose was going scoreless. Thanks to six three-pointers from Stephen Curry, the U.S. team advanced to the quarterfinals with an 86-63 victory over Mexico, and Rose, playing in his sixth game in eight days, went 0-for-5 from the field and had three assists, a steal and three turnovers. Rose is shooting 21 percent from the field for the tournament. “This is the first game … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:08:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose coming around for Team USA ]]> Lead story image

For a few minutes on Thursday, it appeared Derrick Rose would be back in the starting lineup for Team USA. ]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:56:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose starting to make impact; Team USA routs D.R. ]]> Lead story image

There was a pulse Wednesday. It was faint early on but pumping with excitement in the third quarter of Team USA’s 106-71 victory against the Dominican Republic. It took four games in the group phase of the FIBA World Cup, but Bulls guard Derrick Rose finally showed up. He had a breakaway layup with 2:38 left in the third after racing out in front of a crowd. Then with 45 seconds left in the quarter, Rose snuck behind a ballhandler, ripped the ball from his hands, raced up the court and threw an alley-oop pass to DeMar DeRozan. It wasn’t … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:55:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose struggles again as USA defeats New Zealand ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose will have a breakout game. It wasn’t against New Zealand on Tuesday, however, and now three games into FIBA World Cup pool play, it still hasn’t shown itself. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:55:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose has no pain in Spain ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose is healthy. Two games into FIBA World Cup pool play, and the face of the Bulls franchise is without a noticeable limp. That’s the good news. Great news, actually. Is he the player that had spectators oohing and aahing at the start of the USA Basketball trials in Las Vegas in late July? No, but that doesn’t diminish his last five weeks. This always has been about building a mindset for Rose, letting him know he still can dominate. He did that in Las Vegas and even into Chicago early on before “fatigue’’ sidelined him for a few … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:01:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Team USA tops Turkey in World Cup; Derrick Rose held to 2 points ]]> Lead story image

It has been awhile since Derrick Rose was a mop-up player. Then again, Team USA trailing Turkey by five points at the half isn’t exactly the norm, either. In the second game of pool play at the FIBA World Cup, the United States was getting embarrassed by a Turkey team with only one NBA player, and Rose was one of many culprits. So it was no coincidence that U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski stayed with his starting five for most of the third quarter, which meant Kyrie Irving over Rose. The starters engineered an emphatic comeback in those 10 minutes, outscoring … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:28:07 -0500