Trans. Sep 1 5:28 ET (Sep 1 5:28 ET ) Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup. The Spanish earned a trip to their capital by routing Brazil in a battle of unbeatens to take the lead in Group A, while Greece clinched the first spot in Madrid by improving to 3-0 earlier in the day. Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls had 26 points and nine rebounds for Spain in its 82-63 victory over Brazil in Granada. The hosts had already routed Iran and Egypt by a combined 67 points, but have difficult first-round games remaining against France and Serbia following Tuesday's rest day.
Spain beat Brazil in a battle of unbeatens to take the lead in Group A, while Greece also improved to 3-0 in a Group B that Senegal shook up with the big upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup. Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Spanish in their 82-63 victory over Brazil in Granada. The hosts had already routed Iran and Egypt by a combined 67 points, but have difficult first-round games remaining against France and Serbia following Tuesday's rest day. Greece matched Spain for the overall best record by beating Puerto Rico 90-79 in Seville, and has won all of its game by double digits.
Pau Gasol put on a show during Spain's trouncing of Brazil, going for 26 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three 3-pointers, and two assists.
The Scoop:Pau was also remarkably efficient, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, as Spain manhandled Brazil leading to an 82-63 victory. Health will be a concern for Gasol, as he hasn't made it through 82 games since the 2010-11 season, but he's still a guy that merits an early middle round selection.
Derrick Rose showed flashes of his pre-injury MVP-caliber form during his United Center return with Team USA on Saturday, and continues to draw high reviews from his USA coaches and teammates . Rose admitted he's a 'totally different player' in July, but will it translate to an MVP-type season? The ESPN Forecast panel — which consists of more than 210 members — recently ranked their top three MVP choices for 2014-15 and the experts are buying into Rose as a serious candidate . [MORE: Derrick Rose thrills crowd in return to United Center ] Rose, who won the MVP award in 2011, accumulated 21 votes, ranking third only behind Cleveland's LeBron James (230 votes) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (180). The Bulls point guard averaged 15.0 PPG in just 10 games a year ago due to injury, and last appeared in an NBA game on Nov. 22, 2013 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The panel also voted Pau Gasol as a top-5 newcomer during the upcoming season. -- Charlie Roumeliotis, CSNChicago.com
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement Thursday night regarding a report in the Chicago Sun-Times about a “rift” between Derrick Rose and the organization. “I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.” In the Sun-Times story, Rose seemingly acknowledged that there was tension between his camp and the Bulls. While the former league MVP asserted that he assisted with the recruitment of new Bulls big man Pau Gasol during free agency, it was suggested that he wasn’t as enthusiastic about the potential addition of Carmelo Anthony, whom the franchise unsuccessfully attempted to woo to Chicago. Furthermore, the point guard’s circle, which includes older brother Reggie Rose and agent B.J. Armstrong, were somewhat at odds with the organization, with the former Bulls championship-winning guard downplaying what he called “rumors.” The report comes on the eve of USA Basketball’s intra-squad scrimmage Friday night at UNLV, following four days of Team USA training camp, during which Rose has received rave reviews. -- Aggrey Sam, CSNChicago.com