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Rose headed to Spain as Team USA trims roster to 12

Rose made the 12-man roster as expected. The issue now is how will his minutes and recovery be handled
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Derrick Rose will be headed to Spain as Team USA announced its the final roster that they will compete for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons were excluded from participation early Saturday morning, just hours after USA beat Puerto Rico 112-86 in the final tuneup before the team is set to head to Spain.

The remaining roster is James Harden, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

Since Team USA's mini-camp kicked off, the praise bestowed on Rose by teammates and coaching staff assured that the 25-year-old would be a lock to make the final roster, despite missing the better part of the last two years rehabbing from two separate knee injuries.

His status had come into question this past week when he missed two straight days of practice and was a late scratch in Wednesday night's game vs. the Dominican Republic.

He returned to practice on Thursday and played 13 minutes and 35 seconds in the win over Puerto Rico, finishing with six points on two-of-three shooting, four assists and two rebounds.

"I feel very confident about Derrick," Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters before the final roster was announced. "I think Derrick feels very confident. Thought he played great tonight. And these guys want to play with him.

"Part of getting back is to be around a group of peers. These guys are peers who want [Rose] to be really good... hopefully that will help Derrick as he gets ready to keep participating in this but also for the NBA season. I think it is a huge, huge help for him."

Complicating matters is the schedule. The Americans will play nine games in 16 days, including its five group play games in six games and three games in three days.

"You're going day by day," assistant coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters regarding Rose's availability for that stretch. "We knew that going in... It is a progression. He has gotten a lot better. The main thing is shaking the rust off. He will continue to build. If he needs a day off, he will get a day off. He says he feels great."

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