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Derrick Rose says he wants to play in 2016 Olympics

Oct 17, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

We know one Team USA assistant coach — Tom Thibodeau — will be in his corner.

Derrick Rose reiterated on Wednesday that he might play next summer for Team USA in the World Championships in Spain, and he really wants to go to Brazil for 2016, as reported at

“For sure, I would love to play on the team,” said Rose. “It would be an honor. But at the same time it’ll take me trying out for the team and Coach K and this coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it’s just going to take me trying out for the team.”

I love that he’s talking about trying out, but we all know he’d make the team if he wants it. Rose is the kind of athletic talent on the perimeter other countries simply cannot match up with. The best players in the NBA can’t defend him, what chance does the Angola/Turkey/Croatia point guard have?

So Rose, what about spending your summer with Thibodeau, too?

“It’s going to be a little bit weird, but at the same time it should be cool and we should grow — our relationship should grow — with us being two other leaders driving this team.”

All of this, of course, is predicated on Rose being healthy and his knee being right. Thibs might rather not see his MVP this summer and rather hear he’s resting back in Chicago.

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I think if Rose is going to say anything about the subject of “wanting to play” at this time it should be “I want to the play in the NBA Finals next June”

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I don’t care if I don’t like the team a player plays for or if I don’t the player himself when it comes to Team U.S.A. I want the best possible team out there, and D. Rose helps accomplish that.

    It’s not often that the Kobe and Lebron fan bases come together, but that’s what Olympic basketball does, and it’s awesome.

  3. gmsingh123 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I love Derrick as a player, but I don’t think he’s too bright. He *really* needs to know how to keep himself healthy first. He’s already throwing his body around like a rag doll in preseason.

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