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Derrick Rose knows injury questions will keep coming. And coming. And coming.

Aug 29, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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

Following the first Team USA training camp practice in Las Vegas, the media scrum around Derrick Rose was bigger than anyone else — bigger than Kevin Durant (then still with the team), Coach K, everyone. It wasn’t even close. And pretty much everything was a variation of the same question:

“How are your knees feeling?”

Those questions have continued after he looked good in practice, after he missed time due to soreness, after his role has decreased from starter to coming off the bench, after limited minutes in games, after questions about if he even should really be on the team.

Rose’s reaction? Those questions aren’t going to go away no matter what he does.

That’s what Rose told Marc Stein of ESPN in Spain the day before Team USA tips off in the World Cup against Finland.

Rose is going to need to put in minutes during the tight schedule for Team USA (and every other team) the first week of the World Cup. One of Team USA’s biggest advantages is depth — the guys at the end of the roster are top NBA players (your “worst” guard is DeMar DeRozan, who is a stud). But everyone is going to have to play.

Rose is right. Come the season he could play 30+ minutes night and not miss a game and the first question after every game will be “How are your knees feeling?” Until he does it for a season and a playoffs, it will be the main question he faces. And even after that it may be the second one.

Right now we’re all trying to read the tea leaves — limited games in an unusual setting don’t provide real answers. It’s small sample size theater. What you think those exhibition friendlies say about Rose really says more about what you think of Rose’s future than anything else. Team USA may be a great place for Rose to shake off the rust and push through the pain that comes with any comeback, but nobody can read much into how he is really feeling. Anyone who says they can is selling something.

We’ll get a better sense from the World Cup tournament.

But the real answers will not come until late October. And December. And February. And beyond.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I think Rose will be fine, I wouldn’t want my franchise player playing 45MIN a night for FIBA.

    • 88heatnation - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Hopefully Coach Thibs feels the same way during the regular season.

      • pudgalvin - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I think based on how he started Rose last year, he’ll keep him to a reasonable minutes limit. It’s everyone else I’m worried about it.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    The questions won’t keep coming the entire league year.

    He’s going to injured again by All-Star break.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      You’re a mo-ron.

      • cruzan80 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        @chicitybulls

        He’s also a realist….unlike most Bulls fans apparently.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I haven’t seen/read most Bulls fans say that Rose will come back and dominate or anything. Most are measured in their approach. It’s most Rose detractors that say he’s done and basically should retire. So because Bulls fans take the wait and see approach because we (actually nobody) knows how he’ll be then we’re not realists? What sense does that make? Is it so unreasonable to wait and see what will happen or does everything have to be decided right here and now?

    • football58 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:34 AM

      The old Rose is gone forever. He will just be a shell of his former self.

  3. boltsup - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I think D. Rose is this _____ close to Brandon Roy status… I’m a fan of both Rose and Roy but I just don’t know

  4. innovativethinking87 - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Rose won’t last trust me.. He won’t make it past all star break

  5. pooskay - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    As a Bulls/Rose fan, you have to approach this season and just expect the worst. Hope everything goes well, but expect the worst, or else it will be another major let-down.

  6. xli2006 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The main question… Why did he play in this event?

    A 100 game season/playoffs is a brutal workload for even healthy players with no injury history. It seems somewhat contradictory to extend his schedule another 2 months right before the season starts. Nov-Jan is the time to shake the rust off, not July-Sept.

    Are NBA fans even watching FIBA? When the US last hosted it attendance was brutal, ratings were garbage, and most people never even knew it was going on. This seems no different.

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