USA Basketball held the first of it’s friendlies in Chicago against Brazil’s national team. New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis showed why, at 21 he is the future. Davis had a game-high 20 points.
Of course the player everyone in Chicago was anxious to see was Derrick Rose. He showed signs of rust, playing at the Bulls home arena, the United Center, for the first time in nine-months. Rose had a couple of highlight moments that show promise of him looking something similar to his MVP form from a few seasons ago.
Rose recently stated that his game is totally different now. He also discussed the mental aspect that he’s looking to develop this season. Rose says he thinks it’s what’s been missing from his game.
“I think every year you got to add something to your game,” Rose said. “Physically, you’re going to reach that peak where you could damn near do everything you want to on the floor and the game then becomes mentally. Right now, that mental part is my part of the game that I’m missing…”
USA Basketball also showed support for their teammate Paul George. “United We Stand” shooting shirts were worn by all the members to honor George, who broke his leg two weeks ago during a scrimmage.
Team USA wins this match up 95-78.