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Coach K: Bulls will decide if Derrick Rose plays for Team USA

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose has had an incredibly difficult time remaining healthy over the past two years, so you would think international play would be out of the question for the Chicago Bulls superstar. Rose played in just 39 games during the 2011-2012 season, missed all of the 2012-2013 season and appeared in only 10 games this season. Despite that, Rose may play for Team USA.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters on Thursday that it will ultimately be up to the Bulls if Rose competes in the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer.

“We get information from all the clubs and we know that the most important thing for these guys is their health and what they’re doing with their parent teams,” Coach K said, via ESPNChicago.com. “And so our communication with the Bulls, or any organization, is straightforward and we’ll follow their guidelines.”

Rose tore his meniscus on Nov. 22 and has been ruled out for the season. Coach K is hopeful that playing in Spain will be part of the rehabilitation process for the 25-year-old.

“We’re all hoping that he’ll be part of the group that comes in there,” he said. “And then just because we haven’t seen him play to see how he’s doing. We’d never try to put him in harm’s way for his career. But if he’s ready, we’d welcome Derrick. Derrick’s one of the great guys, in addition to being an outstanding player. He’s a great team guy. And that’s why we want him part of USA Basketball.”

Rose said back in February that he is “all in” for Team USA if his leg is feeling healthy. He credits playing for Team USA as part of the reason he was able to win the NBA MVP award in 2011.

On one hand, the Bulls would like to see Rose get some live competition in given how little he has played over the past three years. On the other, they know how prone he is to serious injuries. Another knee injury could be devastating to his career.

Jeff Van Gundy hopes Derrick Rose’s son has better knees than Derrick

Derrick-Rose-sonDerrick Rose watched Sunday’s game between his Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks with his infant son PJ. Rose and his little boy were shown during ABC’s broadcast several times, and Jeff Van Gundy called him the “cutest little guy.” He also made a comment that Rose probably won’t find all that entertaining.

“I hope he has better knees than his dad,” Van Gundy said.

As you know, Rose is recovering from MCL surgery after missing the entire 2012-2013 season with a torn ACL. He has appeared in just 49 games over the last three seasons and still has a long road to recovery. Considering he is only 25 years old and was expected to be one of the best players in the NBA for years, the injuries are obviously a major concern.

Rose has been criticized by other NBA players for his injuries, so I’m sure it will go in one ear and out the other. Van Gundy has never really been one to filter himself, and I’m sure he didn’t have any ill intent when he made the comment. Still, it was kind of rough.

H/T The Big Lead

Report: Derrick Rose worried Bulls will go through rebuilding

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose believes he has more to worry about than just returning from his latest knee injury.

According to the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence, Rose is concerned that the Chicago Bulls will let some of their top players walk in free agency, leading to a rebuilding process.

From Lawrence’s column:

Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of.

“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.”

The Bulls stand to lose Luol Deng in free agency next summer, and they could lose Carlos Boozer after that. Rose has legitimate reasons to be concerned. But what would you do if you were in the Bulls’ position?

Until Rose comes back and is on the court consistently, would you spend extra money to keep the team together? Or would you wait to see what happens and then make moves? I don’t think you can count on them as a title contender this year or next, so it’s probably better for them to wait to make their big moves. Rose needs to have confidence that his front office will handle the situation well and keep fielding a competitive team. I think they will.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer

Derrick Rose won’t recruit free agents to join him in Chicago

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose is a superstar and the face of the Chicago Bulls franchise, but don’t expect the former NBA MVP to actively recruit free agents to join him in Chicago.

On Thursday, Rose reiterated his stance that he won’t recruit free agents to join him on the Bulls. Instead, he will let players choose to sign with the Bulls on their own.

“I don’t think I will ever recruit,” Rose said Thursday via the Chicago Sun-Times.

“If you’re a hooper and you know as a basketball player if you can play with someone, I don’t think it’s a problem with just coming to a team. . . . I’ll play with anyone. And I think I can play with anyone. But I’ll never recruit.”

Rose has long felt this way. Back in the summer of 2010 when the Miami Heat super team formed, Rose insisted he wasn’t going to recruit players to join him. While the Heat stars have recruited additional pieces like Ray Allen, Rose has stood back and let GM Gar Forman do the work.

As a fan, you would think that Rose would be willing and eager to do anything within his power to make the team better, so it seems curious that he won’t recruit. But maybe he just doesn’t feel comfortable in that role, maybe he doesn’t feel like it’s part of his job, or maybe he feels that players shouldn’t need to be convinced by him to join the team.

It certainly seems odd that he won’t recruit players to Chicago, but we should probably recognize he has good reasons for not wanting to do it.

DeMarcus Cousins takes shot at Derrick Rose when asked about injury

DeMarcus-Cousins-Team-USASacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins sat out Tuesday night’s 97-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder while nursing an ankle injury. Derrick Rose had absolutely nothing to do with it, but that didn’t stop Cousins from taking a veiled swipe at the Chicago Bulls guard.

A reporter asked Cousins after the game if he would be ready to return when the Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He joked that he would be shutting it down for the season. And it would be tough to argue that he wasn’t taking a shot at D-Rose.

As most of you know, Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season as he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. While all that was going on, Adidas was running a comeback campaign to continue turning a profit. He did not return until this season, when he suffered yet another knee injury that required season-ending surgery.

Cousins, who has been on a no-handshake rampage early on this season, seems to be in a particularly sour mood lately.

H/T Rotoworld

Derrick Rose will have surgery for torn MCL on Monday

Derrick RoseThe bad news for Derrick Rose is that his torn MCL will likely knock him out for the rest of the season. The good news is that unlike his ACL injury, he can have surgery right away and begin his rehab process quicker.

Rose will have surgery on his right knee Monday. The Chicago Bulls’ team doctor who performed his ACL surgery will also perform this one.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the length of time Rose misses will not be known until the operation. The possibilities for the surgery are an arthroscopic procedure, which would have him back sooner, or a procedure to reattach the meniscus, which would take him out for the season.

Rose’s camp, no surprise, is leaning toward having the meniscus reattached.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is in good spirits and already talking about his rehab.

“We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length (Saturday) night. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab. Typical Derrick, he’s concerned about his team, his teammates,” Thibodeau said Sunday.

If Rose’s season is over, he will have played in 49 games over the past three seasons. Rose was the No. 1 overall pick in 2008 and won NBA MVP in 2010-2011.

Derrick Rose reportedly has torn meniscus, will need surgery

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee when he injured it during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Rose’s knee appeared to give out when he made a cut after having the ball stolen from him, and he later needed to be helped to the locker room. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches after the game and had an MRI on Saturday.

According to Johnson, Rose’s latest knee injury will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely. He will return to Chicago for the surgery in the near future, and the team will determine how long he will be out after it has been completed.

I don’t know if we can say Bulls fans’ worst fears have been realized, but it is pretty close. Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season while recovering from a torn ACL in his life knee. As someone whose game relies on thrashing to the hoop, the 25-year-old has to be concerned about having surgery on both of his knees after being in the NBA for just five seasons.