Daily News - August 17, 2014

Anderson Varejao #11 of the Brazil Basketball Men's National Team goes up to shoot against Rudy Gay #8 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team
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Chicago’s Finest Lead USA Past Brazil
Author: Steve Aschburner
Publication: NBA.com

"CHICAGO – They came for one of Chicago’s own and got wowed by another.

As important as the exhibition game might have been to USA Basketball and the Brazilian national team for all the expected team-building and measuring-stick reasons heading toward the 2014 FIBA World Cup tournament, Team USA’s 95-78 victory at United Center was mostly a framework for the fans to do some star gazing.

The brightest lights were on Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls’ MVP point guard who is starting his second comeback in as many years from season-ending knee surgeries. As frustrated as some Bulls fans had grown with Rose during his extended layoffs – Rose had played only six games on the UC court since April 2012 – the folks who packed the joint Saturday night flexed oohs, aahs and MVP chants that were no more rusty than the hometown kid’s game." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Young Stars Lead U.S. Men's National Team To Victory In Exhibition Vs. Brazil
Author: Steve Silverman
Publication: USAB.com

"There was concern on the U.S. side as the Men’s National Team took the court at the United Center, knowing that the Brazilian team they were facing was loaded with talent and experience. However, none of that mattered in the end, as the United States was able to put away the Brazilians, 95-78, Saturday night before a loud and appreciative sellout crowd.

This exhibition – or “friendly” -- was quite a bit tougher than the final score indicated.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski had full respect for Brazil, knowing that they featured NBA stars Tiago Splitter, Nene, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao. Brazil’s size and strength in the front court figured to be a problem for an American team that seemed to have matchup problems with that size and strength." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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