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Rose named to U.S. Men's National Team

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Derrick Rose was among 27 players named to USA Basketball's Men's National Team for the next three years on Wednesday. From that group the rosters for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics will be chosen.

Rose said his focus will be to do enough to be among the 12 players on the Olympic roster.

"It would just be an honor to be on that team," he said. "I remember watching the Olympics with my mom. I think the game's used to come on real late at night. It's a dream of mine and hopefully that day will come."

The group includes nine players -- Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams -- who were members of the team that won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Rose is one of a handful of younger players -- a group that also includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay and Russell Westbrook -- added to the team to serve as a bridge to the future.

"With these 27 players we've got a great mix of players who are now experienced in the international game and some of the most promising and exciting players coming up through the USA basketball program," said Mike Krzyzewski, the U.S. coach. "I know I speak for the entire coaching staff when I say we're excited about this group of players and we're eager to begin our preparations for the 2010 world championships."

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