Coach K expects Derrick Rose to try out for Team USA
Derrick Rose has not played since he tore his meniscus in a Nov. 22 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the dynamic guard may not have to wait until the 2014-2015 NBA season to see live game action. During a recent podcast with ESPN’s Andy Katz, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said he expects Rose to be present in July when Team USA starts assembling its roster.
“We expect him to be there that last week of July when we’re choosing the team in Vegas,” Coach K said, via Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk. “He can’t make the team unless he’s ready to go full bore. And knowing Derrick I would think he’ll be ready, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent.”
Back in March, Coach K said it would be the Chicago Bulls’ decision if Rose is going to participate in Team USA workouts. Judging by his latest comments, it sounds like Tom Thibodeau and company are in favor of Rose shaking the rust off at the FIBA World Cup.
Of course, Rose is hardly a lock to make the team. He was a key member of the 2010 US team that won the FIBA World Basketball Championship, but it would not be in the best interest of Coach K’s team or Rose for him to compete if he feels less than 100%. His health is the top concern.
Rose has credited playing for Team USA in 2010 as one of the reasons he played well enough to win an NBA MVP award in 2011. He has suffered two major knee injuries since then and appeared in 49 games since the 2011-2012 season. Rose could certainly use the reps if doctors say he’s good to go.