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Derrick Rose held out of USA exhibition vs. Dominican Republic, technically ‘coach’s decision’

Aug 20, 2014, 8:44 PM EST

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Derrick Rose didn’t practice with Team USA the last couple of days due to knee soreness, after he played 24 minutes and put together an uneven performance against Brazil on Saturday.

It was known that he wouldn’t start Wednesday night’s exhibition against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden, but when it was officially time to make a decision on his playing time, Rose was held out of the game altogether, in order to get a look at some other players on the roster.

From John Schuhmann of NBA.com:

Derrick Rose will not play tonight. Staff wants to give him an extra day.

And now you seriously have to wonder how Rose will play 5 (or even 3) games in 6 days when the World Cup starts.

And from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

This is being billed as a coach’s decision to give more of a look to other players as cuts approach. Kyrie Irving starts in place of Rose

DRose went through shootaround this morning with no issues and was said to be moving well. In uniform on the bench tonight but won’t play

There’s no need to push Rose at this stage of the summer, but his absence from both practices and now a game will certainly raise some questions about just how ready he is to return to the grind of professional basketball.

After missing just about all of the last two years for the Bulls, preparing for the rigors of the upcoming season should be Rose’s only priority. If he’s even the slightest bit bothered by the stress of training for this somewhat meaningless international tournament, he should probably recalibrate, and spend the rest of his summer getting the right combination of treatment and rest so that he can give his all to Chicago once October is upon us.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure it was the meniscus’s decision.

    • LilTmac2003 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      People always talk about #TheReturn, well I’m here to talk about #TheIrony.

      D-Rose misses game for Team USA: OMG he’s always injured! Time to retire! So sad.

      D-Rose plays game for Team USA: OMG why risk getting injured. Heal for the NBA season. So sad.

      • chicagosports2014 - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        I THINK WE KNOW INJURIES COME AT ANYTIME, SO BE CAREFUL WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE FORMER MVP.”

  2. rrhoe - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    It’s time to replace him,hate to say it but true,shut him down and let him rest.

  3. clevelandrox - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    dont know why he just wouldnt rest and strengthen up for the Bulls upcoming season…

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Huge Bull’s fan here… beginning to get worried…

    Yes, I KNOW that things must be worked through, but the tournament in Spain isn’t that long…

    What I’m worried about is 4 games in a week, back to back games etc… in the regular season.

    Yes, I KNOW he that schedule doesn’t begin for a while for him but I don’t see him playing as many regular season games as I thought he would after being out as long as he had.

    I didn’t expect him to play 82 games, but I’m beginning to become concerned…

    But, he just has to be healthy for the playoffs to battle Kyrie…

  5. fnc111 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Dear naive:

    Again, DRose will be ruled out for the season before Christmas.

  6. mungman69 - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Whatever his problems are now he is expected to play through them cause he will have nuff time to heal and gain strength before the season begins. Think of this as a tryout for his knee.

    It’s either that or his knee isn’t going to ever heal. In this case “THE BULLS ARE SCREWED.”
    Oh hell, the Bulls can’t beat the Cavs anyway.

  7. innovativethinking87 - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    He won’t last mark my word. Oden, Broy, Gilbert, all know what’s coming for Rose. I don’t get why ppl think this is any different

  8. mungman69 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    I am neither a Bulls or Cavs fan but I hope both of these teams play at full strength because those head to head games will be fun to watch.

  9. arrondior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    I honestly don’t think this is a big deal. Knee soreness is to be expected and I do believe the coaches are still trying to figure out who they are going to cut. Honestly, I know Derrick wants to give it a go with Team USA, but maybe he needs to rethink this if 24 minutes of play gives him 2 days of soreness. That tourney is not going to be a pleasant experience for him.

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