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LAS VEGAS — Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:37:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coach K on Derrick Rose’s D: ‘Spectacular’ ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Derrick Rose insisted Monday that he would be pulling up more to avoid contact in the lane. Well, that lasted about a day. ‘‘I haven’t seen that,’’ USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday when asked about Rose playing more cautiously. ‘‘He has gone after people. [Passiveness for him] ain’t happening. He has gone after everybody, and he has really gone hard.’’ Not the kind of talk some might want to hear about Rose, considering he has played in only 10 games since the 2012 playoffs, but maybe controlled recklessness is just the way he has to … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:59:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Love for McDermott? Bulls rookie waits out trade rumors ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Bulls rookie Doug McDermott admitted Tuesday that he was close to settling on a place in Chicago. And, yes, he’s more likely renting than buying. Smart decision. The Kevin Love-to-the-Bulls trade rumors have quieted to an almost complete silence, but a source said the team was still in pursuit, and that meant the package of Taj Gibson, McDermott and ‘‘other assets’’ was still on the table. The idea that newly signed forward Pau Gasol was guaranteed a starting spot in the lineup also was dismissed, which means the questions about how coach Tom Thibodeau would use Gasol, … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:35:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose understands critics, now it’s time to ‘prove people wrong’ ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Early on during Derrick Rose’s rehab from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2012, it was easy for him to remain insulated from the critics. But even that bubble can pop. Criticism from fans and media is hard to ignore when the volume gets high enough. “Hell, yeah, it’s even more,’’ Rose said Monday when asked if he still thought those who doubt him are fools. “I’m a special player. I still have youth. I’m only 25, man. Just doing everything I’m supposed to do in rehab. Just strengthening everything, taking it one … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:39:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose ‘disappointed’ but understands Carmelo’s decision ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS – Derrick Rose has had weeks to get over the fact that he will not be playing next to Carmelo Anthony this upcoming season, after the Knicks star opted to re-sign with his former team over the Bulls. It doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t sting a bit. “I mean, who wouldn’t be disappointed?’’ Rose said with a laugh on Monday. “Of course. But at the same time, you can’t be mad at the decision he made. If you put yourself in that decision, that’s a hard decision. You got your family to think about. You got money … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rules against Donald Sterling, OKs record $2B sale of Clippers ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks. She sought approval from a probate judge … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:22:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls’ chances of dealing for Kevin Love not looking good ]]> Lead story image

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was leaving this weekend for Las Vegas, ready to serve as an assistant for USA Basketball for the next six-plus weeks. That will give Thibodeau some time to evaluate Bulls guard Derrick Rose and the health of his knees, provided Rose makes the Team USA squad that will compete in the World Cup of Basketball, which begins late next month in Spain. And it might be enough time for Thibodeau to get over the Bulls finishing as runners-up in the sweepstakes for Carmelo Anthony and, apparently, Kevin Love. All the good feelings the Bulls had in … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:09:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls make ‘significant offer’ for Kevin Love ]]> Lead story image

A source said that the two headlining names in the package for Love were Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, “as well as a few other assets.’’ ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:13:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Deal for Kevin Love should be a no-brainer for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The Bulls are in the Love sweepstakes in a big way, offering Gibson, McDermott and Mirotic to the Timberwolves. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kevin Love to Bulls? That’s a tricky one ]]> Lead story image

If the Bulls are back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, as ESPN reported Tuesday, that would be news to a source close to the situation. “I would like to know which side let that out,’’ the source said, inferring that it sounded more like the Timberwolves were playing chicken with more serious bidders such as the Warriors and Cavaliers. The Bulls were one of the first teams to throw a serious package at the Timberwolves in June, headlined by Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and multiple draft picks, but it wasn’t to be. The attention immediately turned to Carmelo Anthony once … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:17:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Doc Rivers to quit Clippers if Donald Sterling stays ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons made the statement at the trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The NBA has tried to force out Donald Sterling since soon after racist statements emerged on recordings in April. “Doc is troubled by this maybe moreso than anybody else,” Parsons said on the witness stand about Rivers, who is black. … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:58:23 -0500