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Rose Dazzles in Team USA Opener, US Takes on Turkey Next in Group Play

August 31st, 2014 at 8:30 AM
By Christopher Terzic

It sure didn’t take long for Derrick Rose to make his presence felt at the FIBA World Cup. After one game, Rose certainly looked the part of a former MVP, and when his signature moment of the game occurred – a lightening quick crossover thrusting him right down the gut of the defense followed by a beautiful two-handed slam dunk – it sure looked like the D Rose of old.

Now, not to burst anyone’s bubble or be the bearer of bad news, but while Derrick Rose did in fact flash a few moments of brilliance in a competitive basketball game: he did it against Finland. And in respect to the Finnish demographic of the Bulls 101 readership, if you don’t know the final score of the USA-Finland game you might want to turn away from the screen at this time. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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Team USA and Derrick Rose Take on Finland in FIBA Group Stage Opener Today

August 30th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Bilbao, Spain – For Team USA, it’s been a noisy summer of 2014. It all began in early July when Derrick Rose arrived in Las Vegas for Team USA training camp in preparation for the FIBA World Cup, and Rose’s play was sparkling, exceptional, glistening. Remember that? Then in the utmost of unfortunate events, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers suffered a horrific leg injury – the type of ‘remember where you were when it happened’ moment – in an intrasquad scrimmage. Then, Kevin Durant who was the team’s best player left to take some much-deserved rest and time off.

We ain’t mad at ya KD, because invariable any Team USA basketball team is still a Team USA basketball team. But as soon as Durant left, that left the sole focus on one: Rose, Derrick. Since then, the only major story coming out of Team USA circles beside the roster selection has been surrounding Derrick Rose’s health and his play.

Well, today marks the first day of a five-games-in-six-days stretch for Team USA entering the group stage of the World Cup. Mind you, Derrick Rose only played in ten NBA games total last year, and he’s about to attempt to play in half that many in six days. The concern is warranted, as has the coverage leading up to today; but now is time to sit back and watch Chicago’s star shine.

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New College Shot Charts Available for Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow

August 29th, 2014 at 3:20 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Earlier today, the good people at Nylon Calculus unveiled their newest version of shot charts with data available for the 2013-14 college season. Previously, this type of data was difficult to chart, and even more difficult to track. Now, we have information showing us the volume of shots a player takes in a given area on the floor in relation to all of the shots a player takes, and what that data also tells us is his field goal percentages from those areas. Red indicates great, blue indicates poor, and yellow is an average of 50 percent.

The reason this is being brought to your attention now is because Nylon Calculus also updated their NBA shot chart tracking (which will be graciously be updated weekly, not easy work), and it’ll likely be a main feature at this site used to track how a player on the Bulls is producing. So in the meantime, now would be a good time to introduce you to these charts and play around/get used to what they do and what they tell us.

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It Shouldn’t (And Doesn’t) Matter If Derrick Rose Starts for Team USA

August 28th, 2014 at 2:49 PM
By Christopher Terzic

For the umpteenth time: Derrick Rose is playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup to recondition his body to game speed, to get his game legs underneath him and to get his cardiovascular endurance at game level, and use the games as a personal service to his betterment. Call it selfish if you’d like, but then don’t go wagging your finger at Kevin Durant for not playing for Team USA this summer.

For all intents and purposes, Rose is obviously a hyper competitive person and for every second he’s on the floor for Team USA he’s going to do everything in his power to get his team closer to victory and eventually reaching the ultimate goal of winning a gold medal. But Rose’s interest in playing for Team USA is personally vested; the atmosphere in the FIBA games will be intense enough to resemble the NBA regular season, but inconsequential in the grander picture of Rose’s career.

After all, Rose already won a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Cup, and was a starter on that team when a raw Russell Westbrook was serving as his backup. In 2014, Rose will get his share of time on the floor which will be about 20 minutes a game, and the usefulness of Rose is that he can be paired with any of the other guards on Team USA’s roster.

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Nikola Mirotic not Playing for Spain in World Cup

August 27th, 2014 at 12:40 PM
By Christopher Terzic

In news that kind of got swept under the rug a bit, one of the sparkling new additions to the Chicago Bulls for this forthcoming season Spanish-Montenegrin Nikola Mirotic, the highest paid European rookie in NBA history, will not be playing in the FIBA World Cup for his naturalized country of Spain. Mirotic had previously expressed that his intention was to participate in the World Cup (which begins Aug. 30) if he were to make the roster, but the puzzling thing is that he didn’t make the roster.

Spain’s 12-man roster includes three of the NBA’s top talents at the forward/center position in Marc Gasol, the nimble big man of the Memphis Grizzlies; Marc’s brother Pau Gasol who is another newly acquired Bull but also a former NBA champion; and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder who shifts opposing offensive game plans by his imposing defensive presence.

Aside from the Gasol’s and Ibaka, Spain also boasts three other players 6-foot-9 or taller, two of which have had previous national team experience, and experience is a much-valued quality in the international circuit. Mirotic’s likelihood of making the team hinged on the health of Ibaka, and once it was known Ibaka would be healthy enough to be a contributor, that left Mirotic as the odd man out.

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