USA vs Brazil Basketball: Live Stream, TV Channel, Time, Confirmed Starting Lineups for US Game

Team USA will play Brazil on August 16 at the United Center in Chicago.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Live streaming will be available via Watch ESPN.

Team USA will largely use the game and the following exhibition games to finalize its roster. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have to narrow the current roster of 16 players to 12 by the time the World Cup starts at the end of the month.

Paul George’s injury and Kevin Durant’s withdrawal leave slots open, although Rudy Gay was called up to fill the slot that Durant left.

Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden, and Anthony Davis, who are all considered locks for the final roster, are starting, USA Basketball confirmed.

Kenneth Faried will be starting at power forward.

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

On the other side, Brazil is starting Tiago Splitter and Nene on the post, Marcus De Sousa at point guard, and Leandro Barbosa and Marcelo Huertas on the wings.will likely start two of the following three at the post: Nene, Tiago Splitter, and Anderson Varejao. Marcelinho Machado will likely start at small forward, with Leandro Barbosa on the other wing and Marcelinho Huertas at point.

Here’s the full U.S. roster at the moment.

Guards

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)

Forwards

Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings

Centers

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets)

After the Brazil exhibition game, the team will pick up preparations in New York City on August 17 and play two exhibition games, one against the Dominican Republic on August 20 and the second against Puerto Rico on August 22.

The team will play Slovenia at Fran Canaria Arena in Spain before the FIBA World Cup starts on August 30.

The United States is in Group C along with Finland, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey, and Ukraine. If it doesn’t win the World Cup, then it will have to participate in the 2015 qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Team USA will kick off play on Saturday, August 30 against Finland before playing Turkey a day later.

It will play New Zealand on September 2, the Dominican Republic on September 3, and Ukraine on September 4.

The top four teams in each group then advance to the next round.

See an Associated Press story below.

For Rose, new journey starts at home

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Assistant Coach Tom Thibodeau, left, and Derrick Rose speak during a practice of the men’s U.S. National basketball team on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The U.S. team will face the Brazilian team in an exhibition game at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

CHICAGO—For Derrick Rose, it is a new beginning. And it starts on his home court.

The Chicago Bulls’ superstar will suit up for the first time at the United Center since his latest season-ending knee injury when the U.S. national team meets Brazil in a tuneup Saturday for the World Cup of Basketball.

It’s a journey in which the former MVP point guard hopes he shows he still is a franchise player, one capable of leading a championship contender.

The Bulls are aiming high after a 48-win season in which Rose’s long-awaited comeback got cut short. He drew high praise practicing with Team USA in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. But until he plays in a game, questions will linger.

This gives him an opportunity to knock off some of the rust that’s built up after being sidelined most of the past two seasons. That’s why the Bulls were so gung-ho about him playing with Team USA this offseason, and for Rose, the benefits are easy to see.

“You’re actually out there competing,” he said. “There are so many elements of a basketball game and competing that it makes me feel like I’m a hooper again and I’m just happy that I get this opportunity to be here with these great players, great young players too, and really showcase my talent.”

Even with a long list of All-Stars withdrawing, including MVP Kevin Durant and the injured Paul George, the U.S. still has a deep team with Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden and Klay Thompson, among others. But on Saturday, all eyes will be on Rose.

After all, he’s been limited to just 49 regular-season games plus one playoff appearance the past three years.

He sat out the 2012-13 season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and just as he was working his way back last year, he wound up back on the shelf last November. A torn meniscus in his right knee cut off his long-awaited comeback at 10 games.

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski had no doubt Rose would be able to play because Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he would be. Krzyzewski didn’t realize Rose would be playing as well as he has.

“I think he’s outstanding,” Krzyzewski said. “Look, he’s one of the best guys in the whole world. He’s so easy to coach and wants to please. It’s very neat to see how excited he is about being here. And his first game back to play in the United Center, as a Chicagoan I’m ecstatic about what him and Tom has done for the Bulls.”

Thibodeau, an assistant for the U.S., said this is the perfect environment for his star to work his way back.

“I like the idea of him coming back in this setting,” Thibodeau said. “The quality of depth is so strong, we’re asking all these guys to sacrifice playing time and sacrifice some shots for the sake of the team, so he doesn’t have the burden of having to score 25 points and play a lot of minutes. Just go out there and do your job.”

Rose said his confidence “is high right now.” He’s in good shape and he believes he still is an elite player.

The Bulls are counting on him to do just that, particularly after they struck out trying to reel in Carmelo Anthony. They made a hard push, only to see him re-sign with the New York Knicks.

There were also talks with Minnesota about a Kevin Love trade, but he is headed to join LeBron James in Cleveland. The Bulls went the depth route, the most notable addition being Pau Gasol.

With a new big man and the arrival of Nikola Mirotic from Europe and Doug McDermott in the draft, Chicago believes it has the weapons to contend for the Eastern Conference championship. That still hinges largely on Rose.

“Physically, he looks like the Derrick Rose we’re used to seeing before he got hurt,” Curry said. “Now, I’m sure for him, it’s just about getting game reps and getting your rhythm back. You can go through drills and get your body right, but there’s nothing like playing. I know he’s excited about that opportunity starting tomorrow.”

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