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All eyes on Derrick Rose as USA Basketball mini-camp begins

Jul 28, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose hasn’t played competitive basketball at the professional level publicly since suffering a season-ending knee injury back in November of 2013.

That changes this week, when Rose will be at USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, working out with the national team and competing for a spot on the 12-man roster that will compete in the World Championships later this summer.

Rose said back in June that he’s fully recovered, and the Bulls expect him to be nothing less than 100 percent next season. He won’t have any restrictions related to his previous injury, but he will be tested this week against some of the game’s best players at his position.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

“This is the next step,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who also serves as Mike Krzyzewski’s assistant for USA Basketball. “Derrick has handled every step to this point the right way. The last time he participated in USA Basketball, he followed that with his MVP season (in 2010-11). So we’re hoping he can use this time productively.”

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and Krzyzewski typically place a high premium on previous experience in making roster decisions. So the fact Rose played on the 2010 World Championship team that won gold in Turkey is equity that could come in handy.

Still, Rose could be racing rust against elite competition. And the point guard position is stacked even with Russell Westbrook’s withdrawal. Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Washington’s John Wall certainly will test Rose’s conditioning.

It’s difficult to see Rose being left off the roster unless he somehow looks to be several steps slower than the other guards mentioned. But it’s a trial by fire of sorts given the level of guys he’ll be scrimmaging against, and it’s possible that if the rust isn’t shaken off extremely quickly, the skill of the other elite players there could make things difficult on Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski, who would undoubtedly be faced with a very tough decision.

  1. ravenswhat - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I honestly can’t see Rose keeping up with those guys. The gap was narrowing before his injury. They are that much better now. It helps to have his coach helping to make the roster though. May be his saving grace.

    • geejon - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I agree. I don’t see why it’s “difficult” for the writer to see Rose being left off. He’s barely played in a couple of years. The last time he came back he was (understandably) VERY rusty and shot under 40% (hard to do) and turned the ball over constantly before getting hurt yet again. It wouldn’t be surprising if he struggles in the same manner and with competition like Curry, Wall, Lillard and Irving, i can easily see him getting beat out. In a competition like this there’s just no time to wait on/hope somebody gets his game back and there’s no reason to with the other options available. Good luck to him though. Good dude i hope nothing but the best for.

    • llfreedman - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Meh you have no evidence to back this up. None of the other guys mentioned have ever been an mvp… Look at Westbrook- he had three knee surgeries last year. Guys can come back from injury- especially when they are still so young.

      • bdachan12 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Westbrook had 3 surgeries but only 1 injury. The 2nd and 3rd surgeries were for swelling. He wasn’t actually feeling any pain. They were precautions. His injury also came as the result of Beverly flying into his knee. That is vastly different then Rose who popped both knees by himself. One while landing and the other while changing direction on a turnover.

    • malek773 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Rose is better than every player on this list period. People have forgotten how good he really is because he hasn’t played in so long. This year Rose will silence the critics and return to dominating the league.

  2. 2016olympics - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    The Great Poohdini!!

  3. nflcinbengals - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Looking forward to my favorite player returning, along with my second favorite Kobe.

  4. 13in35sports - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Curry, Irving and Lillard would be ideal b/c they can all distribute but they can shoot as well. Lillard should be a lock b/c he plays pretty good D at the PG position. Wall is getting better but he’s always had a suspect J just like Rose. The main reason Rose is there is b/c Thibs thinks he should participate in order to prepare him for next season, in hopes that he can recreate another season like his MVP season. Rose may be out this time around.

  5. jda247 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Um Lillard plays no defense. Rose been working out all summer. I think he will do just fine.

  6. pillsbury13 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The only thing that matters is that despite his injuries, Rose is still considered a star in the league and he’s way more marketable. His jersey sales was fourth in the league this past season and nobody is showing up to these games to see John Wall or Kyrie Irving. With the exception of Curry, none of those other guys will go before Rose.

    • tarheel723 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Sorry, but I’m a big Wizards fan and actually the number one reason I actually decided to go to a game this year instead of watching every game at home on the TV was to see Wall play.

  7. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I don’t know much about knee injuries on Rose’s level. Since Rose wants to hopefully* play the entire season this year don’t you want to make the transition somewhat gradual for yourself? It sounds like an unnecessary risk going from playing a few games to 82(he wont play all but still) + playoffs games + Team USA.

    What OKC did with Westbrooks injury seems like the it was the smartest way to go about handling knee injuries, nice and gradual, no back to backs.

    Its obviously Rose’s decision but I hope coach Thib discourages Rose from playing for team USA.

    • pudgalvin - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Nonsense. For one, his minutes will be carefully, carefully monitored. More importantly, this is a gradual transition. It’s short bursts of competition in practices, followed by real games where he doesn’t need to be the star and minutes will be really spread out between the other point guards. He’s 25. If he gets hurt again he gets hurt again.

      • 1friendofthepeople - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Not strictly knee workouts but his knee health should be carefully monitored during ALL types of workouts even those that aren’t focused on his knees.

  8. kingperk123 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    If he gets injured again bulls should trade him

    • pudgalvin - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Yes, because it will be no problem to trade a guy on a max contract that hasn’t played in 3 years. You should be the GM!!!

      • kingperk123 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Yes! It will be EASY! no matter what his situation is a number of teams would be lined up for him

  9. fnc111 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    More proof this guy DRose is a thief. He’ll play more games for team usa this summer than he will for the Bulls in two years.

    • 2016olympics - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      What an ignorant statement.

  10. money2long - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Lol. I just love the doubts.
    Derrick rose will prove to be a top 5 player in the league this season.
    I say that with confidence.
    Some people who think rose can be effective are biting their tongue. Afraid of backlash.
    I do not hide my confidence in his game.
    Rose is an MVP caliber athlete still and he will show everyone his dominance once again.
    The annoying part is when rose starts doing his thing again, those who were scared to speak up will finally have the courage to say, SEE ! I always knew rose could do it.

    Yet when the heat is on rose and the odds are stacked against him those people will remain quiet.

    If u believe in rose say something now. Don’t wait till he wins starting point guard duties in the all star game to open your mouth.

  11. fnc111 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Yup, DRose isn’t a thief. Only pictures we’ve seen of him the last two years is of him in a suit. I didn’t realize the 20 mil was for being a GQ model.

  12. nflcinbengals - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I agree money, Rose is back an I’m so excited for his career.

  13. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Derrick Rose was one of the most exciting players to watch in the League. I hope he still is.

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