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Team USA would love to have Derrick Rose back if he wants to play next summer

Jul 23, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

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Next late August and early September the eyes of the basketball world will be focused on Spain where the FIBA World Championships will be played.

Team USA — which is working out some of the NBA’s young stars this week in Las Vegas to get a closer look at them — will be the favorites going in. Already Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook have said they want to go, and a number of other stars likely will jump on board.

What about Derrick Rose?

He just missed all of last season following ACL surgery (and Bulls fans let him hear about it), but if he feels right and wants to return Team USA isn’t going to say no to a talent like that, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said at his press conference Monday.

“It’s really up to him,” according to Colangelo. “We’re waiting for him to come back physically and emotionally and see how he does this year. But we very much consider him a candidate.”

Team USA likely will be missing a few stars — we’ll see if LeBron James or Kevin Durant head to Spain, but they certainly will be part of the Rio Olympics in 2016 (if they are healthy).

But the USA still rolls out better and more elite athletes than any team on the planet. Then coach Mike Krzyzewski wisely has them pressing on defense and trying to get out and run — use that athleticism to your advantage.

Rose fits right in with that. He’s not a classic point guard but what he brings to the court when healthy other countries just can’t match up with.

The question simply is: How does he feel? And will he want a summer off to recuperate or would he like to go to Spain and see if he can help the USA win (and earn an automatic Olympic berth). Because if he wants to go, they will take him.

  1. nghtrder169 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    No way should he even think about playing for Gold & I’m not even a Bulls fan lol…. The money the Bulls are paying him he can go out and buy a case of Gold medals

  2. recapp - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Once CP3 and Deron are done, I see Kyrie taking over as starting pg more than Westbrook or Rose. He’s less athletic than them but he’s more skilled and has better floor vision.

    • chicitybulls - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Rose was starting over those guys before his injury. Soooo…..yeah.

    • money2long - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      rose is better than kyrie

  3. raiderdan69 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    ? taking over from cp3 and deron williams? rose is already milesbetter than williams and theres nothing between him and cp3 you choose whether you want a scoring point guard or an assist machine

  4. fnc111 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    DPuss formerly known as DRose will only be 99 percent if he is lucky in sept. ’14…. So the answer is NO Jerry Colangelo. He won’t play.

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