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Derrick Rose sits out first Team USA practice at West Point in precautionary move

Aug 18, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose played 24 minutes for Team USA on Saturday night against Brazil (and played well), then team USA packed up and went to New York for a series of practices at West Point and some games at Madison Square Garden.

To start that off, Mike Krzyzewski gave Rose Monday off from practice (he was the only of the regular players in street clothes).

However, before everyone in Chicago flips out, know this is precautionary and was planned according to those at the practice, such as Marc Stein of ESPN.

ESPN’s Fran Frascilla said pretty much the exact same thing on the broadcast of the practice. Rose is coming off multiple knee surgeries, even Tom Thibodeau is going to need to rest him this this season at points.

Rose has been impressive so far, showing flashes of his MVP self, and has has moved into the starting lineup for Team USA. This has looked like a great place for him to return. But there’s no reason to push him too hard yet. The USA has a couple friendlies this week and more practices, and things get serious at the end of the month.

This was the smart play by Coach K.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I got a notification on my phone of Rose being held out of practice b/c of his knees. That instantly worried me.

    After checking out all the info, there is no need to worry. They are just being cautious w/ D-Rose. Basketball players take ice baths almost all the time. This isn’t the scare I thought it would be.

    Matter of fact, this is something good b/c they are being sure Rose will be his best for USA and for the Bulls this upcoming season.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      That’s what this article just said…

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Actually, the fact that Rose has had multiple surgeries on his knee should be enough to worry you.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Not really.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        chi city

        it must, as per your own words, you were “instantly worried” when you heard of him being held out of practice because of his knees.

        had he NOT had multiple knee surgeries then you would not have been “instantly worried” when he was held out of practice.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        sportsfan, huh?

  2. fnc111 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He’ll be knocked out for the rest of the season before Christmas.

  3. charlescub80 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Love to see ppl saying Rose won’t last. It’s the only hope for other teams next season. Fans know it.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      I’m neither a Chicago nor a Cleveland fan, but I do like rivalries. Are you saying that the only “hope” for Cleveland is if Rose doesn’t play? Ditto for fellow central division rival Indy?

      • pburghballin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        There’s no hope for Indy this season anyway brother…come one now.

        Next year with a healthy Paul George back, the narrative changes a bit. But this season Indianapolis will not be good. NOT good.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Chicago could start Michael Beasley, Gren Oden, Hasheem Thabeet, Derrick Williams, and Johnny Flynn and still beat the Pacers this season.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM


        the Pacers bench would beat those scrubs… and I’m a Bulls fan, not a Pacers fan…

        yeah, the Pacers ARE going to struggle this year and that’s because they will NOT be playing the dudes you mentioned.

        If that’s who they got to play all the time the Pacers would make the playoffs…

      • marcusfitzhugh - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        So, because Indy loses George, somehow someway the newly revamped Cavs have no “hope” of beating the Bulls? Yeah, right, keep dreaming.

  4. dj3garrett - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    The Chicago Bulls fans have become the most arrogant bunch of all the teams… Especially for an organization that hasn’t won for a long time… You guys talk about Rose being back like they win before he was injured… A healthy Rose doesn’t guarantee a title or even the East like a lot of you are claiming… The Bulls still lack a second guy who can create his own shot…

    • pburghballin - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      I can’t disagree with you too strongly on the “2nd guy who can create his own shot” thing. But they got better with signing Pau Gasol. If Rose stays healthy they got even better. If Butler progresses they got even better. If Dougie McBuckets adjusts and contributes they got better. If Mirotic contributes they got better. All of those things makes them a much better team that last year (a playoff team).

      I personally think this is the strongest roster in the East. Now…that’s on paper. We know things need to translate on the court. But if the dominoes fall correctly, this is a very good, very very deep team.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Very well said, pburgh. I’m not sure where he gets the “Bulls fans have become arrogant” from. I think, from what I’ve read, that Bulls fans are optimistic and excited about this team. The fact that Rose is back and the moves they’ve made to the roster to make it better is enough to make any Bulls fan optimistic. I’m sure he’s not saying that about Cavs fans….a team that haven’t even made the playoffs the past few years. I mean the Bulls made the playoffs last year without their best player. Now they’ve gotten rid of their weakest link (defensively at least) and have added shooters all around. And not even shooters but high IQ shooters and players.

      • pburghballin - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        I agree with you chicity. As of now…I think it’s just excitement and enthusiasm b/c Chicago and the Bulls are (hopefully) getting their native son back on the court healthy. A former MVP. One of the best PG’s on the planet. A guy who brings instant offense. Who wouldn’t be stoked?

        I live in Pittsburgh, so I have no local team to cheer for, which is a blessing and a curse. It allows me to be a little more objective when having discussions and allows me to legitimately like more than one team. I’ve loved Chicago since I was a little kid, I’m 32 now, so that might be a given growing up watching Jordan. I’m really excited about this year.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        I happen to think if the dominoes fall correctly, the Hornets could make the ECF against the Cavaliers. But then that would take a lot of correctly falling dominoes… just like with the Bulls. Mirotic and McDermott are total unknowns. Pau Gasol didn’t play defense last year. Rose has proven to be an unknown for a while now.

        I really love Thibs and respect him but I wouldn’t get too arrogant about this season for da Bulls.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Pro, I agree that it would take a lot of correctly falling dominos to fall for the Hornets to make the ECF. While McDermott and Mirotic may be unknowns, it’s not like they are coming out of nowhere. McDermott was the nation’s leading scorer, he played very well in summer league and is a coach’s son (meaning he has a high IQ and you could see that in summer league). Mirotic is coming off of an MVP season (and I believe he’s been and MVP twice or MVP and ROY or something like that). Sure, it wasn’t against NBA players but the fact that he dominated those he played against shows he’s better than most there and can probably contribute here. I dont think the Bulls are asking them to do anything that they’re not used to doing or more than they’re capable of. Just asking them to do what they do (in McDermott’s case, hit jump shots and likewise for Mirotic). If McDermott can be something close to what Kyle Korver is then that’s a plus. As far as Gasol, I believe in this system he will play defense. Playing with Noah and Taj will rub off on him defensively. One can probably argue he wasn’t “into it” in L.A. the past few years but now he knows he has a real chance at a championship and will do what it takes do help the team. In regards to Rose, I dont think he’s an unknown. People know what he can do. It was just that he had been injured. Watching him with Team USA, you can see he still has his explosive game when needed.

      • pburghballin - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        I’m not being arrogant about it man. I’m just saying, there’s not a deeper team in the East. Not Cleveland, not anybody. Pau has never been known for his defense, and Boozer wasn’t exactly Ben Wallace or Dennis Rodman reincarnate. Pau’s passing from ANYWHERE on the court is light years ahead of what Boozer could/can do, as is his midrange game, and you can depend on Pau to at least get rebounds. And does Pau really need to be a defensive stopper with Butler, and the reigning DPOY Noah on the court too? Sure, it’d only help, but I don’t know that it’s needed. And Thibs could always play with the lineups on a game to game basis based on matchups if he sees fit (meaning swapping Pau starting at the 4 for Taj Gibson).

        And I can’t call Rose an unknown. I think his health can possibly be considered an unknown, but folks try to act like he tore several ligaments in one leg, and had nerve damage, etc. He tore an ACL, which is so common nowadays the surgeries are becoming more and more successful. When he got hurt the 2nd time, it wasn’t the same injury, or even the same knee. The injury also wasn’t anywhere near as serious as a torn ACL. He’s had a ton of time to rehab, looks as explosive as ever, and I think he’s being sincere when talking about his game changing a bit. Rose wasn’t just talking nice when he said this is the most talented team they’ve had since he’s been there, it really is.

        And I really wouldn’t get too arrogant in assuming the Cav’s will make the ECF (hey, I can play too, right?). They probably will, because the East is the East, but they’re not deep. At all. Mike Miller and James Jones just don’t do it for me brother. Nor will Ray Allen, sorry. Believe it or not, they’ll need Varejo’s hustle, but you wanna talk about health? That guy is a walking sprain. Will Mike Miller stay healthy? How will Waiters mesh with this squad (not a fan of his btw)? There’s a lot of questions with the Cav’s. Needless to say it’ll be interesting in the East this year.

  5. c2poke88 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Not a good sign at all, even if it is precautionary. Rose only played 24 minutes in the 1st exhibition game, and he’s been held out of the next 2 practices for “precautionary reasons”? How the hell is going to hold up during an 82-game schedule where he’s playing 37 minutes every night? Face it Bulls fans. Rose is damaged goods. You need a real franchise guy. Bulls fans are smoking some serious crack if they think Rose will lead them to a title.

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