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Olympic hoop dreams

12/4/2009

CLEVELAND -- Just one day after Derrick Rose acknowledged fantasizing about playing with LeBron James, the reigning MVP returned the favor. James told reporters that he would like to play with Rose as well -- in the Olympics.

"Yeah, especially on the Olympics team," James said before Friday night's Bulls-Cavs game. "[Rose] did a great job [at the U.S.A's Olympic training camp] this past summer holding it down while some of the older guys [were] getting some rest.

"He's a great point guard. He's a great player. I love watching Derrick play, man. He's unbelievable. All he's going to do is continue to get better, with every game, with every practice. Hopefully, in the 2012 Olympics, hopefully he can be part of that team. And we can have some fun."

James said that Rose was mostly quiet while training with the other members of the U.S.A.'s senior men's national team.

"[He was] kind of just feeling his way out," James said. "Which I probably would have been also, being in that situation. I definitely would not have said much, just try to let my game do the talking so it's understandable."

James, who becomes a free-agent at the end of this season, has stated publicly that he will no longer discuss his contract situation until later this summer.