International Basketball

LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continued to open eyes Tuesday in Team USA's training camp as he makes his way back from the torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season.

Rose, who has played in just 49 games over the past three seasons because of various injuries, including two severe knee injuries, earned praise from all corners of the Mendenhall Center on UNLV's campus.

"That's my biggest surprise coming in here," Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim told, in reference to Rose's performance. "The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time (off). He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the World Championship in '10, when he was at full strength coming (into) an MVP year. He looks very, very good. Obviously, [when] he gets in some games it will be a little different, but it's not like he hasn't had success in games. He had a lot of success.

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USA Basketball's FIBA U17 World Championship team is set – and it looks a lot like last year's U16 roster.

Nine members of last summer's gold medal team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay made the final cut Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The mainstays include FIBA Americas MVP Malik Newman of Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), Terrence Ferguson of Prime Prep (Dallas), Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), Joshua Jackson of Prolific Prep (Napa Valley, Calif.), V.J. King of Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Devearl Ramsey of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), Diamond Stone of Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.).

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Gilas shift gears, train in Florida (July 30, 2014)
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Vincent 'Chot' Reyes (PHI). 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, Philippines. Head Coach

MIAMI (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - There has been a buzz in the Philippines for almost a year, since the national team clinched a place at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Now the intensity for the fans and the players is being turned up a notch with Gilas Pilipinas having launched a training camp in Miami and recently naturalized center Andray Blatche involved in the workouts.

The mood is upbeat and that's despite the loss of Larry Fonacier for the World Cup.

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Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Chot Reyes, the coach of the Philippine national men’s basketball team, has never been one to refrain from asking for help when he needs it.

In preparation for last year’s FIBA Asia Championships in Manila, Reyes sought the aid of former New Zealand national team coach Tab Baldwin in an overseas training camp.

Baldwin – who was also a coach of the Lebanon and Jordan national teams – ended up being such an instrumental part of the Philippines’ silver medal campaign that he remains part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching team to this day.

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"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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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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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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