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Derrick Rose dismisses injury concern after blah showing against Slovenia

Aug 28, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

Derrick Rose, Anderson Varejao, Raulzinho Neto Derrick Rose, Anderson Varejao, Raulzinho Neto

Derrick Rose, using Team USA to test his knees, got off to a great start start this summer. He played well in the Americans’ intra-squad scrimmage, and he excelled in the first exhibition.

But soon enough, injury concerns reemerged.

He sat out one practice and then another. He missed an exhibition game. A report cited knee pain.

Rose returned for Team USA’s exhibition against Puerto Rico and played fine, but he mostly struggled in the final tune-up against Slovenia.

As the Americans prepare to open the World Cup against Finland on Saturday, should they worry about Rose’s health?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

You can probably guess, given the rampant pooh-poohing to this point, what Rose had to say about the state of his health after logging an underwhelming 20 minutes off the bench behind starter Kyrie Irving in which he was clearly looking to pass more than anything.

“I’m past my injuries,” Rose said.

What else is Rose supposed to say? At this point, he’s on the team, and unless he just physically can’t play, anything less than complete confidence in his health would be counterproductive.

Still, it’s reasonable to be concerned. Rose has relied on his explosiveness, so any drop in athleticism could radically alter his effectiveness. Maybe Rose is prepared for that. Maybe he’s not.

Of course, Rose’s bad game isn’t necessarily related to health. Not everyone gets up for an exhibition against Slovenia. There are multiple possible explanations here.

Regardless of the reasoning, Rose seems to have fallen behind Kyrie Irving in the point guard rotation. Rose should still get plenty of playing time, and there will be more opportunities to see whether he’s truly past his injuries. For now, though, it’s fair to remain unconvinced.

  1. balsagna - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I can’t imagine the anxiety Bulls fans are feeling right now. I’m also not sure how anyone could be confident that he will ever stay healthy.

    • getlow81 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Any time he falls to the ground while making a play or even remotely looks in pain, my heart will skip a beat and deja vu will occur.

  2. shaggymcruff - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Where are all the ignorant people who have been defending Rose repeatedly and telling the rest of us that we are stupid for saying his knee is jacked??? Where are you now??? That’s what I thought. I said all along he will NEVER return to the way he was before injuries because he tore the knee to shreds AND he plays ERRATICALLY and does not know how to control his body. Sorry but Rose’s ego is his worst enemy, just like the people who defend him on these boards. I love being right repeatedly on these boards. Xoxoxo Shag

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      He had one bad game and all of a sudden his career is over?

    • pburghballin - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Seriously…you’re write the absolute worst comments on this site. You’re contributions are repeatedly worthless. Something tells me your contributions to lift overall aren’t much different. Go away.

      and the rampant overuse and incorrect use of the word “ignorant” on these boards is mind boggling.

    • cfos00 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Right here. He’s looked fine, and pretty much exactly like he looked before. He had one off game. He’s just looking a little rusty. The sky isn’t falling.

  3. sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    It’s called life.

    Time will tell.

    ALL of those who say he’s washed up are speculating.

    ALL of those who say he’s going to be like he was are speculating, hoping, wishing and wanting.

    Some players come back and perform well and some don’t and it doesn’t always have to do with their heart, drive and dedication.

    For some, it is due to laziness, but not all.

    There is NO one size fits all with human beings.

    I WANT D Rose to come back healthy and do well as I’m a Bulls fan.

    I have no idea whether he will or won’t.

    But TIME will provide us all with the answers…

    • chicitybulls - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      A reasonable comment. Wow. Don’t see too many of those in a post about Rose.

    • denverhoopdreams - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      TIME is doing an article on him soon? Whoa.

      Come on, only kidding.

  4. shaggymcruff - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Rose WISHES his injuries were behind him. Maybe he should have never work those high top POS slippers Adidas made him–you know the Chinese garbage with no arch or lateral support? No player who understood the mechanics if the foot would ever dare wear those garbage shoes. Again, ignorance is expensive

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Chinese garbage…

      Like Nike you mean?

  5. djlexluger - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    So his shoes are the reason he hurt his knees?

  6. geejon - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’m not expecting much of anything from him. I think Coach K and Thibs took him because of all he’s gone thru and they didn’t want to cut him but deep down they know he’ll just play minor minutes because he can’t give much more. They’re going to play Kyrie as much as they can and hope nothing goes wrong.

    Personally, I don’t think Rose will ever even come close to what he used to be. I feel bad for Lillard because he should have been on this team. There’s no way this version of Rose is better than Lillard is now. It better not end up costing them.

  7. zoomy123 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    This is absolutely nothing. Rose is 100% healthy. Knee soreness and struggling are to be expected after missing 2 years of playing.

    • shaggymcruff - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      LOL. I will remember you said this.

      • zoomy123 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Not sure why you’re laughing. It’s true.

  8. innovativethinking87 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Rose needs to go rehab on his own time. Lillard got cut for nothing to help this babied former star get reacclaimed in this tourney

    • chicitybulls - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Let’s not make Lillard out to be this all time great.

  9. chicago240 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Lots of doctors and psychics posting opinions. Let’s not beat it to death. It will be what it is. So be patient and let it play out.

  10. cnyle01 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Brandon Roy was supposed to make a full recovery to, just saying after blowing out BOTH knees It’s not going to be easy playing 80 games and then the playoffs. Time will tell and as an NBA fan I hope the kid can finish his career out in a injury free fashion but history is not on his side yet.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I dont think they’re looking for him to play 80 regular season games. Somewhere in the range of 72-75 is what I’m expecting. This team is good and deep enough to win plenty of regular season games and be a high seed without him. They just need him ready to go for the playoffs.

  11. edbrowndesign - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    While it was not hiss most impressive game, he looked good from a physical point. I’m more worried about his deferring so much. I haven’t seen him hit a jumper in a long time, he could always attack the rim but where is the range?

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