Daily News - September 2, 2014

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Spain Looks like World Cup Favorite with Healthy Pau, Easy Win over Brazil
Author: John Schuhmann
Publication: NBA.com

"GRANADA, SPAIN – If there was any doubt that Spain is a legitimate threat to the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, they erased them Monday night, with a sound 82-63 beating of previously unbeaten Brazil in Group A play.

Brazil ranked as a top-three defense (behind only Spain and the U.S.) through the first days of World Cup action. But the tournament hosts torched them in the first quarter, scoring 30 points on just 17 possessions, with Pau Gasol (12 in the period) looking clearly like the best of the seven NBA big men in the matchup.

He wasn’t the only 34-year-old Spanish star to turn the clock back, as Juan Carlos Navarro scored seven of his team’s first 15 points. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez also got in the early action, with Ricky Rubio running the show. Spain built a comfortable lead before they had even unleashed Serge Ibaka and Jose Calderon off the bench." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Rose 'feeling good' after FIBA back-to-back
Author: Marc Stein
Publication: ESPN.com

"BILBAO, Spain -- Derrick Rose quietly reached a milestone here Sunday night when he came off the bench in an otherwise forgettable first half for Team USA against Turkey.

Rose's entrance into the game marked the first time the Chicago Bulls star played in the second half of a back-to-back set since Nov. 22, when his ill-fated appearance in Portland that night came to a halt with Rose suffering the second major knee injury of his short NBA career.

There was nothing close to that sort of calamity against the Turks, but Rose also proved unable to build on the promise of his Saturday night outing against Finland." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Team USA stronger after enduring first adveristy of FIBA tourney
Author: Jeremy Woo
Publication: Sports Illustrated

"Well, it's not going to be a complete cakewalk. Team USA hit its first stumbling block of the FIBA World Cup over the weekend, battling to a 98-77 win over Turkey that took a little too long to open up. Although they shouldn’t be troubled the rest of pool play with favorable games against New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine, three quarters of struggle against a well-organized Turkish side brought the American vulnerabilities center stage.

Turkey’s 2-3 matchup zone featured one of the NBA’s better rim protectors in Pelicans center Omer Asik and presented a real challenge for the United States. In the first quarter, the Americans struggled in the halfcourt and instead pounded the ball in transition, using the highly effective ball pressure that’s been one of their hallmarks and will continue to create easy opportunities the rest of the tourney -- but the game was tied after one quarter and clearly there were kinks to work out." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Anderson Varejao: I want to retire in Cleveland
Author: Raul Barrigon
Publication: HoopsHype

"Did you ever think that you would be playing with LeBron again after The Decision?

Anderson Varejao: I did! I wasn't sure when, but I thought there was a chance for him to come back. I didn't expect it now, but eventually, because he's from there, I thought there was a chance.

He always has shown love for the city of Cleveland, but I guess people thought that maybe he was going to return in the twilight of his career, not in his prime like he has done.

AV: Yes, and now he's here with us again..." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Levi: How will Kyrie Irving adjust to superstar-laden Cavs?
Author: Oren Levi
Publication: Sheridan Hoops

"There he goes again, the ball miraculously still in his hands, blowing past a player that up until that very moment was a hero in his home country, and now has to settle for second place in the heart of his nation’s fans.

Only the replay will tell just how in the world he found the angle to flick that layup in, with dizzy, confused defenders only finding the ball as it drops to them after falling through the net. Kyrie Irving’s artistry can be ego-crashing to the opposition. He will pull the rug out from under you with the world watching, and he will do so with the most charming of smiles.

As we enjoy Irving doing his thing on the international stage with Team USA in the World-Cup, we can’t wait to see how he will do as a part of new and improved Cleveland Cavaliers. The three-headed monster will be unleashed in the supposedly ‘up-for-grabs’ Eastern Conference, led by the rookie coach David Blatt." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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