On the team in general and the camaraderie:
It's been more like brothers here. Even
though we have been together such a short time, it feels like everybody
has been knowing each other for years and years. We play against each
other so we respect everybody's game but I think that off the court ...
for example, I didn't know Lamar Odom was that cool ... I didn't know
that Derrick Rose was that cool ... it's kind of easy ... everybody's
Thanks for noticing Kevin. It's at this moment where I notice the sad contradiction in the fact that like Rose, I love KD for his personality, but that same personality will prevent him from forcing a trade to Chicago.
Still, this is the type of bonding which makes Team USA a valuable experience for Derrick and potentially for the Bulls in the future when FA recruitment goes through player connections as much as management ones.
Derrick had some quotes as well:
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
On the game:
It was all fun. The crowd was definitely into it. We
were just out there playing. It definitely tested us to see where we
were at as a team. We came out and we answered that challenge.
How did the team react to the turnovers in the first half?
Just knowing that we just got to take our time. When we have
patience, that's when we had good baskets or good looks. This game is
totally different from the NBA where they want you take shots like that
- like wild shots and push the ball hard and stuff like that. You
just got to have a group of guys that are in control.
On the early defense?
We wanted to get them out of their sets. We know they are a
team that if you let them just run around, they can definitely hurt you
by the pick action and going in to their bigs. We knew we had to play
physical and let them know that we were there.
What are the focuses for improvement tomorrow?
We got to look at film. We saw (Brazil) play against Spain.
We got to look at film and really key in on the guys and make them do
things that they can't do.