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Coach K: Derrick Rose to be at Team USA Camp this summer, has chance to make team

May 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose is going to get a chance to make Team USA this summer.

Rose was a key part of the USA Basketball guard rotation in 2010 for the FIBA World Championships (won by the United States), averaging 7.2 points and better than 3 assists a game. This summer in Las Vegas USA Basketball will pick its team for that same tournament (now called the FIBA World Cup, this time taking place in Spain).

Since 2010 Rose has gone through a couple knee surgeries and missed most of the last two NBA seasons. He’s close to a return and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has said he good with the idea of Rose working off the rust on the international stage before training camp.

Rose will get his chance as he will be at Team USA’s camp in Las Vegas in late July, coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN. What Coach K wants to see is if Rose is healthy and his explosive self again.

“We expect him to be there that last week of July when we’re choosing the team in Vegas,” Krzyzewski said during an “ESPNU College Basketball” podcast with host Andy Katz. “He can’t make the team unless he’s ready to go full bore. And knowing Derrick I would think he’ll be ready, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent.”

Krzyzewski and the Team USA staff have a pool of 28 players eligible for the World Cup, to be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. Only 12, however, will make the Spain-bound team.

There are a few guys who are basically locks to make the team if healthy: Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and likely Kawhi Leonard. After that there are some interesting positional battles and decisions for Coach K. (LeBron James, Chris Paul and some other veterans said they are taking this summer’s tournament off.)

Rose is in that group fighting for a spot (possibly along with Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and others for the point guard slot).

If he makes the cut, great, if not he’s not fully ready. What I really want to see is the healthy, uninjured Derrick Rose again. He is one of basketball’s best, most dynamic, most “you have got to watch this guy” players and not having him on the court has been our loss as fans. If he is healthy and can get back on the court, shaking off his rust on the rest of the world as he blows by them in transition, I am good with that. Everyone rooting for Team USA should be good with that.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - May 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I use to love R-Rose but not anymore. He needs to worry about the team that pays him and get healthy. Playing for Team USA is def a bad idea for him.

    • calkinsrob - May 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      It would help him prepare for next season. I think Thibs and the bulls front office are all for him playing in the summer.

      • casualcommenter - May 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Absolutely. The Bulls no doubt hope they morph back into a contender ASAP after Rose comes back. If Rose regains his rhythm during his work with team USA, hopefully he can hit the ground running for the 2014-2015 season instead of needing a few weeks to get back into playing shape.

    • chicagosports2014 - May 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      D-Rose won MVP after last USA fima games and us Chicago Bulls fans are all for it

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      I would think he’s insured. If he breaks, at least he’s paid for.

    • blackhercules718 - May 20, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I agree with you. He needs to spend the off-season getting healthy and stronger for the upcoming season. If I were a bulls fan I’d be pissed. Its amazing Russell Westbrook suffered a similar injury at around the same time and he actually came back. #DROSEwashedUpNoHeart

  2. 4thquartermagic - May 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Basketball is better with D-Rose in it.

    Play if you can Derrick.

    • chicagosports2014 - May 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Can’t wait to see D-ROSE on the court playing 🏀 this summer!

  3. innovativethinking87 - May 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    How is Kyrie Irving a lock and Damian Lillard isn’t? Kyrie Irving couldn’t even lead his team to the playoffs, not to mention an almost historically bad conference. I’m not saying Kyrie doesn’t deserve it because he does, but a lock? IMO Damian Lillard should be a lock..

    • calkinsrob - May 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      lillard doesnt play much defense. and Irving doesnt have nearly as good of a supporting cast. Lillard isnt even the best player on his own team. Irving is all the cavs have.

      • innovativethinking87 - May 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Kyrie is a terrible defender too

      • calkinsrob - May 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        I know, Im just saying bringing up team accomplishments does nothing for your argument. I guess lillard may be the better shooter so I would give him the edge anyways.

  4. dvic13 - May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Big Bulls fan, and I definitely thinks this is Rose’s best move. He’s already plenty of rest, and this would be a good time to knock off the rust without having the pressure of a team depending on him. If he gets hurt, he gets hurt. He’s healed as much as he’s ever going to.

    • pudgalvin - May 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Well said. Anyone that watched Rose for the 12 games he played last year is totally on board with him getting some work in over the summer. These international experiences seem to do nothing but help players get better, from Carmelo to Rose to Lebron to Westbrook.

  5. mnsadsportsfan - May 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    How about focus on your team? Remember the Bulls? Maybe just maybe one of your knees then wont turn into ground chuck? Priorities dude!

  6. Nadeem - May 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    D Rose is the next Brandon Roy…. Bulls fans should hope that the team does not land Carmelo. You all will be stuck in the mediocrity purgatory for the foreseeable future.

    • pudgalvin - May 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      Thanks Dr. Nadeem. Nevermind that their respective knee troubles are in no way shape or form similar, you are the doctor.

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