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Derrick Rose’s next games coming with Team USA rather than Chicago Bulls? Tom Thibodeau is on board

Mar 19, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

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The last summer Derrick Rose played for Team USA, he won a gold medal and then, in the ensuing NBA season, became the youngest MVP of all-time.


Nope, says Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who also serves as a Team USA assistant.

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Chicago head coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said that he “absolutely” would want Rose to play Team USA this summer in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.

“I thought it was a great experience for him before,” Thibodeau said. “I know he’d like to do it. I know how USA basketball feels about him. If he’s cleared to do it, I’d love to see him do it.”

“He’s doing fine,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing a little more but he’s nowhere close to practicing. At this point, maybe he’ll go get a couple of practices at the end but we just want him to lock into rehab and make sure he’s 100 percent healthy.

“There’s a plan for him. It’s going to be step by step. When he masters one phase and we feel like it’s good enough, we’ll move onto the next. He’s moving along pretty much as planned, so we’ll see where he is in the summer.”

First, obviously, Rose must heal from his latest injury. But it’s interesting Thibodeau endorses Rose risking his health while playing for a team other than the Bulls. Not every NBA coach would feel the same way about his player.

Perhaps, Thibodeau’s logic is colored by Rose’s difficulty acclimating from his previous injury. After missing the entire 2012-13 season, Rose was extremely rough around the edges in the 10 games he played this season. He shot just 35.4 percent from the field and averaged 4.3 assists along with 3.4 turnovers per game. Maybe warming up with Team USA this summer would help Rose have a better fall this time around.

The Bulls can’t expect Rose to return in MVP form like in 2010, but if Team USA helps him play like a high-end start when next season begins, that would be a big victory for Chicago.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    how hilarious would it be if he gets injured at FIBA lol…

    • calkinsrob - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      about as hilarious if you tore your acl right? sooo funny…. dick

    • jnoah13 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      we have different definitions of ‘funny’ then. you like people getting hurt? whats wrong with you?

    • beach305 - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Rose should thank Lebron, for that MVP. Without that backlash against James, his firt year in Miami, Rise would not have won it.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      thats the dumbest thing i’ve seen you write. dude you have some issues

  2. cbking05 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    how hilarious would it be if you get injured typing your comment lol…

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      You didn’t know? That’s when most keyboard warriors get their battle wounds….

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        it happens when they got to sit down and their chair is NOT under their ass when they go to sit down…

      • Professor Fate - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Really? I always thought it was when those chumps fell down the basement steps in mom’s house.

  3. chiadam - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Thibodeau is just taking a swipe at a Bulls front office that everyone knows he hates. The Bulls are on the hook for another $70 million or so to Rose. Does anyone think they really want him playing for Team USA after he missed all but 10 games this season, all of last season, and about half of the season before that one?

    • jnoah13 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Nobody knows that he ‘hates’ the front office. Don’t pull stuff out of your butt. I DIDNT KNOW YOU WERE SO CLOSE TO THE TEAM

  4. zacksdad - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    So he might be healthy enough to play this summer, but not healthy enough to play in the playoffs? Kobe would play the playoffs on one leg before playing for Team USA for the summer.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Kobe is irrelevant until the 2014-15 season

      • zacksdad - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        I realize that, but Kobe knows the importance of the few chances you get to win a championship. Last year and this year the Bulls team did very well to get to the playoffs. But Rose is more worried about getting hurt again than winning a championship. The injury he got this year can happen any time. He also could have played last year and tried to help the team win, but he is about himself.

        Ge ahead and thumbs down all you want, does not affect my bank account or feelings. Kobe has played on many injuries to win, Rose does not and will not.

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        I agree with Zack’s Dad – this game is very much about mental toughness, especially during the regular season grind. I still remember a game during Rose’s rookie or second year: he was going baseline for a lay up and he hit his face on an opposing player’s shoulder and he cried on the court like a baby. No bloody nose…no black eye, just a hit in the face and he couldn’t take it. From that point on I questioned his toughness, and the last few seasons has cemented my opinion of this guy. I said it from the beginning, I would take Westbrook over Rose any day.

      • zacksdad - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Read the next article. Kobe said he would play if the team was currently a 4th seed or above. Why chance it with team 20 games under 500.

        But the Bulls I believe are the 4th seed, but Rose will let this chance squander away like last year. Rose needs to see the Wizard of OZ about getting a heart.

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Completely different though

      Kobe suffered a million minor injuries before this major one. Who doesn’t play through minor injuries?

      D-Rose went from no injuries what-so-ever, to what’s considered the worst injury you could possibly have to date, in sports. No doubt in my mind that D-Rose would play through a bunch of minor things like Kobe did. Hell, look what happened to Kobe when he tried to show everyone how big his balls were when he came back this year? How did that work out?

  5. reesesteel23 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM


    I agree on Westbrook vs. Rose.

  6. lenbias34pt - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Please try to relax and think when reading this:

    Rose had his knee surgery the end of November.
    The average return time when a patient is 100 % is 3-6 months.

    So while it’s possible Derrick wouldn’t be 100 % at this moment, it is down right ignorant to think he won’t be 100 % April 19th (start of NBA playoffs) considering every advantage he has.

    Derrick WILL play in these playoffs. The Bulls and coach T are doing a perfect job with the smoke screen, but considering what the extra time off got Derrick after his last knee surgery, do you really think he’ll approach that route again.

    The thing that puzzles me more than anything else is that i seem to be the only one who knows this.

    Not complicated boys. Do the math. Think for yourself. Derrick Rose will play the last week or 2 of the regular season and be a huge part of these NBA playoffs.

  7. lenbias34pt - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    very interesting

  8. doctordunkenstein - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Can’t wait for d rose to play for team USA, throw up 30 shots a game as a pg and make no one better on the team. Then when they lose everyone will say DROSE NEEDS MORE HELP! You know just like they do on the bulls every year

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