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Coach K: No Team USA cuts before Friday’s game

Aug 20, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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Team USA had little trouble with the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, and cruised to a 105-62 victory even with Derrick Rose sidelined as a precaution.

Rose hasn’t practiced with the team since its victory over Brazil on Saturday, and was held out of this one after experiencing some soreness in his knees. He is, however, expected to return to practice tomorrow and play in Friday night’s exhibition against Puerto Rico.

Rose’s suddenly questionable status may see him added to the list of those being considered for the final roster cuts, but whether that’s the case or it isn’t, Mike Krzyzewski said that no decisions will be made on that front until after Friday night’s contest.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

At his postgame presser, Coach K just announced that there will be no players cut before Friday’s game. So 16 make it to Thursday’s practice

Before Rose became questionable, four players would need to be dismissed from a group that includes DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Miles Plumlee, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Gordon Hayward.

DeRozan, Drummond and Gay all shined at various points in Wednesday’s exhibition.

There are no easy decisions in terms of choosing who makes the final roster; all of these guys can play at an elite level, and it will simply come down to the personal preferences of Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo.

But for those feeling like they may be on the bubble, they’ll have at least one more day of practice and another exhibition game to show what they can do to remain on the roster.

  1. maf586 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Miles must love the attention he’s getting by mentioning him and not mason. Maybe phx will give him Bledsoe money cuz they think he was on this squad

  2. daveshingle - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Why in Earth is Rose even playing for team USA?! He’s barely played a game for the Bulls in two years! Now he’s sitting with knee soreness?! How are the Bulls not having a fit about this?!

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      Tell me about it.. Think about the players that deserve it over him in those last 2 years

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      @ dave

      Why you ask? Here is just one article from this very website explaining why…

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/18/thibodeau-calls-team-usa-perfect-setting-for-derrick-rose-to-make-return/

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