As if Team USA wasn’t stacked enough, Derrick Rose is back and says he’s ready to play. The star point guard tore his ACL during the first round of last year’s playoffs and infamously sat out the entire 2012-13 season and postseason. Now Rose has returned and says he’s feeling more explosive than ever and with Team USA’s assistant Tom Thibodeau also being the Bulls coach, Rose already has someone in his corner.
Derrick Rose reiterated on Wednesday that he might play next summer for Team USA in the World Championships in Spain, and he really wants to go to Brazil for 2016, as reported at CSNChicago.com.
“For sure, I would love to play on the team,” said Rose. “It would be an honor. But at the same time it’ll take me trying out for the team and Coach K and this coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it’s just going to take me trying out for the team.”
“Trying out” would be a mere formality with someone who has the speed and athleticism that Rose possesses. All of this is also of course dependent on Rose remaining healthy. Rose finished with 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes in his return to the United Center.
– Shaina Auxilly _@Shay_Marie)