Author: Kurt Helin

Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau

Derrick Rose says he is not pulling out of Team USA in wake of George injury


If you were a Team USA player, it would be natural to have some second thoughts after Paul George’s injury. Yes, that was a fluke, the kind of thing that could happen playing pickup anywhere at any time, but if you were a player who has battled some injuries it would be natural to stop and think.

Derrick Rose says he is not pulling out of Team USA in the wake of George’s injury.

Rose has played 10 games over the last two seasons due to knee injuries, and while he has looked close to his old self at training camp and drawn raves (and maybe a starting job) from Coach Mike Krzyzewski, there are some talking heads and some Chicagoans who thought he would use the camps to train but he wasn’t going to really play for his country.

Nope. He’s going to Spain for the World Cup. From friend of this blog Aggrey Sam of

“I have no fears. I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers. You can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing. Doing the consistent work when I come in, stretching, seeing Jen (Swanson, the Bulls’ director of athletic performance), talking to Jen, just getting my mind clear before I step out on the floor. I’m doing everything that Coach K and them want me to do, and I think everything will go my way.”

All pro athletes have to have this faith that they will be fine, whether they play in the NBA, the NFL or the Barclays Premier League. Every time you step on the field of play something could go terribly wrong, but you can’t play like that and be effective. You have to block it out of your mind.

Rose is in his hometown with Team USA this week as they have a couple days of training camp in Chicago before facing Brazil in an exhibition on Saturday night (a good test as Brazil mimics powerhouse Spain with size up front, rolling out Tiago Splitter, Nene and Anderson Varejao).

Rose likes the feeling he is getting around the Windy City right now.

“It’s going to feel like a pro-am game a little bit. Everyone has been talking about it in the city. It seems like it’s a buzz. It’s great what USA Basketball and Nike has been doing around the city, just keeping kids occupied, keeping people occupied, getting them something to do. I think it’s going to help the city, and it should bring some hype to the city,” Rose explained. “It’s kind of hard. It’s different. In Vegas, I usually go back to my room. But being here, in my hometown, you’re going to stay out a little bit more, going to see a little bit more. But my goal is to stay off my feet. I’m happy to be in the city, it’s good weather right now and the city needs this right now.

“I think it’s going to be encouraging for the kids, all the little hoopers that’s coming back from school and actually playing in pro-ams now and that’s in high school and get a chance to come out to the game.”

And see Rose play, let him show Chicago he is all the way back. And with that the Bulls become title contenders. Not that it will change the minds of some naysayers, but the true fans who love the game and the Bulls will get it.

Teens break into Ray Allen’s Miami home, his wife chases them off

Miami Heat Media Day

Don’t mess with Ray Allen’s wife.

Ray Allen is still deciding if he’s going to play for the Cavaliers next season or walk away from the game after a Hall of Fame career, but he loves Coral Gables where he lives in Miami and will continue to live there. His family is still there.

Some curious teens in Miami apparently don’t read PBT and didn’t know all that, so they broke into his house, reports

The group of seven teen had been attending a party next door when they decided to go to the Coral Gables home around 2:30 a.m., Coral Gables Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham said.

The teens, who believed Allen and his family weren’t home and said they thought it would be “cool” to go in the house, entered through an unlocked back door, Denham said. Allen’s wife and kids were sleeping upstairs but were awoken by the commotion, Denham said.

“She heard people walking up the stairs and that’s when she yelled out to them, “what are you doing in my house?” Denham said. “As soon as they heard that, they fled the house.”

The teens then told some of their parents, who drove them straight to the police station. The teens admitted entering the home — they saw boxes and thought he and his family was gone and moving to Cleveland, according to the report.

The teens have yet to be charged, this would be a misdemeanor because nothing was taken and there was apparently no “intent” to steal.

I get it in this sense — I bet Ray Allen has a cool house. Probably some sweet memorabilia. But in a state with “stand your ground” laws that appear to be broadly interpreted, the youth should be happy this turned out the way it did.

Rockets’ Patrick Beverly looks like Bane when he works out


I haven’t formally checked, but I’m fairly sure the “venom”/gas mask Bane wears in the Batman comic books and movies would violate the NBA’s banned substance list.

That’s not what the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley is doing, that mask helps simulate high altitude giving an already exhausting NBA off-season workout a thin air, gasping-for-breath quality. Beverley better be putting in the work this summer because without Jeremy Lin in town a lot more point guard load is going to fall on him (the guys behind him on the depth chart are much younger and more raw).

But man, that mask makes him look like Bane. I bet there was a great workout program at the Peña Dura prison.

I know who Beverley should go out as for Halloween this year.

Hat tip to Eric Freeman at Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie.

Report: Rose, Curry, Harden, Davis four of five Team USA starters vs. Brazil

Team USA Practice Session

It was one of our big questions heading into the Chicago training camp for Team USA — who would start and get the minutes in place of Paul George and Kevin Durant.

In the case of George at the three, the obvious answer was always James Harden and that seems to be where Coach Mike Krzyzewski is headed. (Yes, Harden at the three, Team USA is playing small as it did winning its last couple gold medals.)

At the four… still trying to figure that part out according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Three guys on that list are not a shock. From the first day of camp Coach K had raved about Anthony Davis as the center for the type of ball they wanted to play, and Stephen Curry has always been at the two in the top units (it makes sense in international ball where shooting is a premium). Early on Kyrie Irving was getting the start at the one but Derrick Rose’s play pushed him here, plus now with Durant out they need scoring and Rose brings that.

As for the final starting spot, and looking at the guys on the roster, there are only three clear options to me: Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons. None of those thrill me, but with Davis at the five and an up-tempo offense those are the fits (then you can bring in DeMarcus Cousins with the second unit and change tempo if you want).

Of that group, I’d probably start Parsons, his versatility is the best fit in my mind. But Coach K doesn’t have to make that decision yet — that’s what exhibitions like Saturday against Brazil are for. Roll out a lot of different combinations and see what clicks. The USA has a couple weeks of practices and a few exhibition games to figure things out before settling on a starting five.

By the way, that Rose is starting is a sign of how well he’s playing. Smile Chicago fans.

Report: E’Twaun Moore expected to sign with Chicago Bulls

Mason Plumlee, E'Twaun Moore

For a guy who is a marginal NBA player, E’Twaun Moore keeps getting rumored to land on some very good teams.

First it was the Cleveland Cavaliers. But now comes a report he is instead about to ink a deal with the Chicago Bulls, reports Mary Stevens out of Sports Talk Florida — the Web site of NBC Sports Radio affiliate Sports Talk 1080 in Orlando.

Former Orlando Magic guard E’Twaun Moore will sign with the Chicago Bulls in the next few days, according to sources. Several reports indicated the young guard was joining the Cleveland Cavaliers but those rumors are false.

That would be an interesting fit.

The Bulls have 13 guys on the roster right now, so while they don’t have to add a body they likely will, ideally someone providing depth on the wing. Moore is a 6’4” guard who Orlando kept mistakenly playing at the one but who is really a two out there to knock down threes (35.4 percent last season).

That potentially could be a good fit in Chicago. They have a slasher in Derrick Rose and a very good passing front line with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. A guy who can stay at the arc and knock down shots could have some value. Plus he can play some at the one if needed (but they have Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks, so there are not lot of minutes at the one).

The Bulls have Jimmy Buttler starting at the two and an improved Tony Snell behind him. There are not a lot of minutes to be had there either. But on a minimum deal in a limited role off the bench it’s not a terrible pick up.