Derrick Rose plays the hero against Spain

Per Kc Johnson:

MADRID -- Kevin Durant scored 25 points and made two crucial late blocks Sunday as the United States hung on for an 86-85 victory over Spain in a warmup match for the world championship.

Durant blocked shots from Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez after Derrick Rose had put the Americans ahead with two free throws.

Spain led by one point from Juan Carlos Navarro's 3-point play with 27 seconds left before Rose was fouled in the lane. The hosts had trailed by 13 points at the start of the final period.

Sadly, I didn't get to watch the game.  I had meant to hit it on the DVR, and just forgot to do so.   Still, from all reports, Rose played very well and hit the two clutch free throws at the end to win the game for the U.S.

This shouldn't be overlooked.  Team USA hasn't performed well in the World Championships in forever.  I might be mistaken, but I don't think we've won since the 90s since we only send the best players to the Olympics.  Spain is one of the front runners to win the WC this year, so it's a nice win for Team USA.

Nice job Derrick, keep up the good work.

If I'm not mistaken, team USA plays another warm up against Greece, which I believe (though I don't count myself an international basketball expert) is the other front runner to win the tournament along with Spain.

The actual tournament kicks off this Saturday for team USA against Croatia.

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  • Rose definately looked great, and hit the first bucket of the game for the U.S. with a great drive. Then came down and hit a 3 pointer in someone's face, the shot looked great. He did miss another 3 pointer early on but his range looks like it has improved.

    I thought that he would toast Rubio a little bit more, but I guess Rubio isn't complete trash, he had some exciting moves. I still think he is way too slow for all the ultra quick PG's now in the league.

    Rose looks great and he still makes some unforced errors. Once he masters the fundamentals I don't think there will be a better PG in the league.

  • DEVELOPMENT and CONFIDENCE:

    I think that's what Derrick Rose is going to gain from his Team USA experience.

    It was certainly nice to see Coach K have enough confidence in Derrick Rose to put the ball in his hands with the game at stake. That can and will only help Derrick Rose grow as a NBA player.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    DEVELOPMENT and CONFIDENCE:

    I think that's what Luol Deng is going to gain from his Team Great Britain experience.

    It was certainly nice to see the coach have enough confidence in Luol Deng to put the ball in his hands with the game at stake. That can and will only help Luol Deng grow as a NBA player.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    Kenyalla,

    How is grade school going for you these days?

    Maybe someday you'll actually grow up and learn how to have a MATURE conversation about the Chicago Bulls on here.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You know you were about to say the same thing about Luol Deng. You should be thanking me for saving you the time.

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    Am I the only one who thinks Rudy Gay ballhogs way too much when he's not that great to be ballhogging? Hate that guy never passes on a fastbreak with teammates by him & he's simply greedy.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    Rose was good yesterday, but let's not go overboard.
    Here's as objective as I can get about the game.

    He started well ... made a few good shots to start the game.
    He also finished well ... he looked willing and able to take those last minute possessions and get the job done. I really liked what I saw there.
    He also is playing better defense than I've seen from him to this point ... he still struggles going over good screens, but he also fought through a couple decent screens yesterday better than he usually does.
    Defensively he also is just working harder out there. He has lots to improve on, but I've really like what I've seen so far this summer from him.
    He missed a few shots during the middle of the game. Shots that I know he can make. But he seems confident to take them. Not hesitant at all.
    He also got pickpocketed by Rubio at least twice (he and Rubio both had 5 turnovers), but as noted above, Rubio looks pretty quick and pretty good on defense. But I'd like to see Rose improve here.
    If I had to pick out one thing though that I liked, it was that Rose looked very comfortable out there. I think he looked confident and ready to lead throughout the entire game. And that was very encouraging as a Bulls fan.

    Overall, I think he did pretty good.
    Not a dominant performance, but he made the plays that needed to be made and that means a lot in my opinion.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    It's a good experience definitely for Rose having Durant, Billups and other accomplished guys on the side and having to lead them sometimes. I wouldn't care much about his offense because of all the differences in the ball, fouling techniques, travel calls etc.. but it is a good experience for him on defense though.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Game is being replayed tonight at 8pm for those that missed it.

  • FYI:

    Don't forget that Luol Deng is in action today for Great Britain.

    If they win, they qualify for the 2011 European Championships.

    Just like Derrick Rose, this international experience can only help Deng's development.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    unless they get hurt.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    RobD,

    That would suck. So, let's hope Rose, Deng and Asik stay healthy.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose started off great and hit a three with a hand in his face, but he didn't look that great during the middle of the game. He had some lazy turnovers. He finished strong though and was the main guy for the last few possessions and delivered. It was good to see him running the point. But the US gave up a double digit lead in the fourth quarter and easily could have lost. Spain had a chance to win it but Coach K had the US show zone for the first time in the game for the final possession and Spain had no idea what to do.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The leading scorer for Spain with 17 points and 6 rebounds was Bulls 2nd round draft pick Aaron Gray. Oops, I mean Marc Gasol.

    Why bother trading up in the 2nd round to secure the younger brother of an NBA All-Star? I mean, why target such a guy just because he's the 7'1" younger brother of a 7' NBA All-Star?

    A bigger Bulls Blunder than the draft day trade of LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa - and know one ever talks about it...

  • In reply to Edward:

    Just because his brother is good, it doesn't mean this guy would have turned out to be good. Blake Griffin's brother just got cut. But that said, the Bulls have done a terrible job of finding European players after Tony Kukoc for a team that had so many picks in the last decade. Hopefully, Omer Asik turns out to be a decent role player. I mean I haven't heard of Bulls doing what Portland did for Rudy Fernandez(buying/trading for a pick and convincing him to come over here...off-course,they screwed it up now)...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Toni Kukoc was also a 2nd round pick and played a significant role in Bulls second 3peat. An amazingly good draft pick by Krause! Marc Gasol in the 2nd round is every bit the equal of the Kukoc pick, maybe better.

    Lakers used Marc Gasol as a trade asset that immediately resulted in 3 straight NBA Finals appearances and 2 rings - from a 2nd round pick.

    Destiny often turns on such decisions.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Didn't the Lakers take Gasol with the pick right before Bulls picked Gray? I don't think Gasol was available when the bulls picked. Sure they could've moved up, but I think they would have taken Gasol if he was still unpicked.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Yes, Marc Gasol was picked 48 and Aaron Gray 49. And sure Bulls would have taken Gasol if he fell in their lap at 49.

    But my point is, as the 2nd round started I was completely focused on Marc Gasol as the player the Bulls NEEDED! Why weren't the Bulls focused and why didn't they trade up to secure him?!? Bulls trade up in the draft all the time and comleted two draft day trades just the year before with Thabo and Tyrus. Its relatively easy to trade up in the second round.

    The moment it happened and the Bulls lost Marc Gasol, I was distraught at losing a tremendous player. Bulls were irresponsible for letting him get away. Think of the trade value Marc Gasol would have now. Bulls could extend either Noah or Gasol as the starting center and trade the other in their search for an elite wing.

    I'm not Monday morning quarterbacking, this was my call when the 2nd round began in 2007. I simply can't fathom why it was not the Bulls focus too.

    The following year 2008, I think the Gasol Blunder is the reason why Bulls overpaid two 2nd round picks to Portland to move up 3 spots in the 2nd round and pick Asik. After having Aaron Gray for a year they realized they blew it with Gasol and attempted to make up for it. But I seriously doubt Asik ever becomes the player that Marc Gasol is.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Shit happens I guess. Don't get too worked up about it though. Gasol will be an unrestricted FA next year I believe. The bulls will have a shot to get him if he wants to come to Chicago.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Bulls will have no chance at signing Marc Gasol or any other significant free agent next year. With Noah's contract extended, Bulls will have no salary cap space. Bulls must now operate predominantly through trades.

    Marc Gasol or Noah (keeping one, trading the other) would have been an exceptional trade asset in Bulls quest for an elite scorer at the wing. That is the missing link between a 50 win team and becoming a true contender.

    Instead we got Aaron Gray > Devin Brown > ZERO/No Asset. So who do we trade now for that elite scorer/wing?

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    FYI: (From World Basketball official site)

    In their first win, Omer Asik was showed he

  • In reply to Edward:

    By the way, Rudy Fernandez looked horrible yesterday. Even playing with his buddies hasn't rejuvenated his game. I wouldn't give up more than a late second round pick for him right now.

  • In Happy's defense I think it can give Luol more confidence if anything. Sure the talent level is higher in the NBA but even though he won't be the man on the Bulls...maybe he can perform better in the clutch(take the game winning 3, hit the game winning FTs etc.). I mean its experience anyway you look at it...it doesn't hurt him(unless he get injured)

  • I believe that last time we won the World Championshps was in 1994. With a team sporting Derrick Coleman, Joe Dumars, Kevin Johnson, Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Price, Steve Smith and Dominique Wilkins. And I think that was in Toronto if I am not mistaken.

  • Doug NBA TV will be showing reruns all week long so if u missed it dnt wry you'll get to see it atleast 2x a day haha....but myself on the other hand got to see the game live n it was intense but great to see d.rose make a crucial layup n clutch free throws to get us the win...its nice to see him improving in that area bcuz last year ppl were questioning that asset of his game whether or not he can hit clutch shots to close out games..i think he was 1/6 last year n that one game he had a clutch shot was against wizards n if rose wants to b mentioned on the levels of the Kobes n lebrons one of the things he has to do is make those clutch shots to close out games imo so its nice to see that....n I also notice that rose played majority of the game so it shows dat coach k has alot of confidence in d.rose (more playing time means more bulls fans tuning into watch) Idk if it was b/c Rondo got the day off but still awesome to see as a bulls fan ...

  • Am I wrong to prefer Derrick spend his offseason resting?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    He's young though...and doesn't seem injury prone.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    OMER ASIK:

    Here's the article about Omer Asik performance for Turkey that supercesto mentioned.

    http://turkey2010.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fwcm/news/p/eid/4728/nid/42901/sid/4728/article.html

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Dmband,

    Yep...you are wrong.

    He's healthy and 21 years old. This will be a great learning experience for him. On the other hand, it was wise for Joakim Noah not to play for France do to his foot issues.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    COACHING NEWS:

    I guess Eric Musselman could be added to Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff.

    http://realgm.net/src_wiretap_archives/68818/20100823/musselman_up_for_chicago_assistant_job/

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Yes, you are wrong, because its not about what you think is good for Derrick, its about what Derrick thinks is good for Derrick, and about fulfilling a lifelong dream and doing something he wants to achieve something he wants, which is an olympic golod medal.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ChiRy,

    Good points. I agree.

  • LUOL DENG:

    He was BRUTAL today as G.B. lost a chance to qualify for the 2011 European Championships.

    http://live.fibaeurope.com/netcasting/default.asp?game_number=7663-B-15µsite_scope=undefined

    Deng scored only 6 points thru 3 quarters, while committing 8 turnovers. Overall, he finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 turnovers on 4/13 FG shooting and 3/9 FT Shooting.

    Lucky for him, G.B. has two more games left to qualify for next year's championships.

    I certainly hope he plays better than he did today.

  • Doug,

    WAKE UP DOUG.

    It's good for Derrick Rose to play international ball, but not Luol Deng. Come on...please.

    Don't be a hippo-crit.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose is young and inexperienced...He needs this plus he is learning how to be a leader and will be the main cog for the Bulls and probably be a starting player for the US team in the future.
    Deng on the other hand will be the third option on the Bulls...so his experience as an Option 1 against weak teams doesn't count. Plus, Deng is a pretty smart player and his main role will be how to play without the ball which is completely off from what he is doing now. The only thing which is going to help him is taking last minute shots. He is better off playing against NBA players in practice and take 3 point shots from the corners.

    The other thing is he is injury prone if he plays too much. BTW, Deng is my favorite player more than Rose on the Bulls. But, we need to accept the reality of the situation with him.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Plus, Deng's NBA developmental phase is pretty much over. Hopefully with experience his b-ball IQ will rise. And good players always work to fine tune their game. A player's stats may even go up if his role on his team changes or he goes to a different team. But usually by the time an NBA player reaches 25 or 26, he's not going to get that much better.

    Deng has a right to play for his adopted country and more power to him. But the selfish Bulls fan in me would rather read about him holed up in a gym working on his 3 point shot.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Agree with everybody ....I definitely think its a great experience for him to grow as an athlete ....playing against all those guys in practice everyday is Just going to make Derrick a better player n its great that he gets to achieve a personal goal which is to represent our country ..not everybody gets a chance to play for USA so when ur name is called y turn it down..so yes dmband ur wrong ...but another thing I notice about Derr

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Derrick from the last game is he's more vocal to his teammates almost like he's taking. A leadership role which is big for our bulls team BC iif rose is our superstar than we need him to take that leadership role n I have a good feeling were going to c rose speak up a lil more as well Noah n Booz cnt wait til the Season starts

  • Doug,

    Wait...don't be a hippo-crit here Doug.

    Who did Asik and Turkey play yesterday? You want to bash Deng, but not Asik or Rose. Why is that?

    Asik went up against Lebanon.

    Oh yeah, I forgot, they are a real POWERHOUSE internationally on the basketball court. Quit with the DOUBLE-STANDARDS. You look bad making them.

  • On draft day, Aaron Gray was a known stiff 4-year senior with no upside. In contrast, Marc Gasol was a young European pro with an upside whose 5-year older brother was an NBA All-Star. Gee, which do you target? Not a difficult choice.

    Everyone knew Bulls biggest need was big men. Marc Gasol was the best big man available in the entire 2nd round and Bulls took zero action to secure their biggest need. Bulls do draft day trade ups with great regularity, and trading up in the 2nd round is relatively easy. Instead Bulls took the passive approach and it blew up in their face. HUGE BLUNDER.

    What other teams did or didn't do, or what their needs were isn't relevant to the Bulls actions, or inaction in this case, and its not a double standard. A quality center was available and the Bulls took zero action to secure him. And I was pulling my hair out in real time watching it go down.

  • Admittedly, I only watched the 1st half. But I thought Rubio looked like the best player on the court.

    His defense was better than I thought it would be. He's got good size and he's a pest.

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