"My confidence is very high, and that's the only thing you might see this year -- that my confidence level is through the roof," Derrick Rose said Monday. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose says his confidence is "through the roof," and he's looking forward to proving his doubters wrong this season as he tries to make his way back from two serious knee injuries.

Rose, who has played just 10 games in the past two seasons because of a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2012 and a torn meniscus in his right knee in November 2013, is confident he will return to being the player he was before the injuries.

He is in Team USA's training camp this week as the group prepares for the World Cup of Basketball in late August in Spain.

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International Basketball

The San Antonio Spurs have denied Manu Ginobili permission to represent his native Argentina at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, according to a report by the San Antonio Express-News.

The report says the Spurs cited Ginobili's recovery from a stress fracture in his right leg as the reason for asking him to refrain from international competition this summer.

It was discovered following San Antonio's NBA championship run that Ginobili played through the injury during the Finals.

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Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls pleased with offseason moves (July 29, 2014)
Nick Friedell [ Source: ESPN ]


LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is happy with the moves the team made in upgrading its roster this summer and believes the Bulls are a "contender" to win the East.

"I think we have a contender," Rose said after Team USA's first practice Monday. "I wouldn't say ... (people) were saying put us at the top of the East or whatever, but we have a contender team. We know as a team what we were trying to do. We all have one goal. And individually, this whole summer I think everybody worked on their games, and everybody's trying to compete for that title next year."

Rose, who is trying to work his way back from a torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season, is confident in the direction the Bulls chose to go after missing out on New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. But he did say missing out on Anthony was tough.

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Shelly Sterling earned a victory in court Monday, but the legal battle with her husband Donald Sterling may not yet be over. Noel Vasquez/GC Images

LOS ANGELES -- A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced.

"This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us," she said outside the courthouse. "Come see the Clippers next year."

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LeBron James' homecoming event sold out (July 29, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Tickets to LeBron James' first public appearance in Ohio sold out within hours. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours.

Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available.

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Gilas Pilipinas, the Philippine national basketball team, received a pleasant surprise early Tuesday (PHL time) - a "welcome" tweet from the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat.

The Heat posted a welcome message for Gilas and national coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes on its official Twitter account shortly after 3 a.m., Manila time.

Reyes tweeted back: "Whoa!"

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Kia Motors also eyes stint in PBA D-League (July 29, 2014)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines—Kia Motors’ surprise foray into local basketball may even extend to the amateur ranks.

After getting the nod to join the PBA, Kia Motors looks set to also crash the D-League, the pro loop’s farm tournament, when it resumes on Oct. 27.

To be known as Kia Motors/M. Pacquiao, the car company was among the teams listed as prospective entries in the developmental league even as the PBA Commissioner’s Office Monday announced  tomorrow’s deadline for interested squads to join.

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Pringle assured 1st overall draft pick (July 29, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Stanley Pringle. www.aseanbasketballleague.com

MANILA, Philippines - Highly-touted guard Stanley Pringle will be the first overall pick in the PBA draft at Robinson’s Manila on Aug. 24. Globalport team Governor Erick Arejola confirmed the choice the other day as the Batang Pier won the lottery for the top pick.

Although Pringle has never played in the PBA D-League, he will be allowed to enter the draft under the exception rule for Fil-foreigners who are 27 or over. Fil-foreigners under 27 must play at least two PBA D-League conferences to be eligible for the draft. The PBA has confirmed that Pringle has submitted the required Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice documents to certify his dual citizenship. The documents are requirements for Fil-foreigners to apply for the draft.

Pringle, 27, told The Star in an email from his home in Virginia Beach that he will definitely be in Manila next month for biometrics testing and the draft but couldn’t fix a date of arrival.

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Thaddeus Young, who has two years remaining on his contract, averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Al Bello/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as a potential replacement for Kevin Love, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.

Whether Philadelphia proves willing to part with Young, though, remains to be seen.

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LeBron James is coming back, not only to Cleveland but back into the public's favor.

According to a poll taken this month by California-based E-Poll, Americans like James more than they ever have since he made the "Decision" to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat four years ago.

The company takes the opinions of 1,100 people, ages 13 and up that reflect a representative sampling of the U.S. population, in a poll and uses that data to give the more than 8,000 celebrities in its database an E-Score ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most known, liked and appealing.

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