U.S. beats Puerto Rico, 112-86, in hoops exhibition
NEW YORK – Mike Krzyzewski is ready to decide who is going with him to Spain.
The U.S. national team coach said the Americans expect to trim their roster to 12 today before leaving for Europe, after team officials had previously said they might carry extra players.
Final rosters for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball aren’t due until next Friday, but the Americans won’t need that much time.
“We feel that it’s better to go with 12 because that’s really difficult on anybody if they’re not going to be on the team to travel that far,” Krzyzewski said after the U.S. beat Puerto Rico, 112-86, last night in their final home exhibition game.
Derrick Rose came off the bench and scored six points in 14 minutes. He apparently will make the team if he and team officials feel his health allows it.
Stephen Curry scored 20 points and Krzyzewski announced the Golden State guard was on the team as they appeared together in the postgame press conference. But the All-Star was never in danger of getting cut.
All-Star Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward and DeMar DeRozan are, as the four players on the 16-man roster who didn’t play last night. But Krzyzewski insisted his mind wasn’t made up and that he still had to speak with USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo before today’s announcement.
James Harden and Gay had 13 points apiece for the Americans, who will play a final exhibition game in Spain against Slovenia and open the World Cup next Saturday against Finland.