Derrick Rose is back. Again.
According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Chicago Bulls point guard, and former NBA MVP, Derrick Rose is on track to play for the United States in next month’s FIBA World Championships.
Rose has fought through two knee surgeries in his last two seasons in the NBA, but Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo says he expects Rose to be ready to go.
With healthy players like Aldridge and Griffin pulling out in order to focus on their forthcoming NBA seasons, the silver lining for Team USA is that Derrick Rose remains on track to take part. The Chicago Bulls point guard has played just 49 games in the last two seasons because of devastating ACL and meniscus injuries, but Colangelo said he is expected to take part in Las Vegas and thereafter.
“I haven’t heard anything relative to Derrick other than he’s going to be there,” Colangelo said.
Rose played only 10 games last season (not including all six preseason games), after missing the entire 2012-13 NBA season recovering from ACL surgery. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game before suffering a torn meniscus November 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Bulls, and Rose, was ruled out for the season shortly after his second knee surgery in two years. Per Joel Brigham, of Basketball Insiders, Rose has looked “every bit as athletic as he used to be” in recent sessions.
All indications are that Rose looks very strong and is in great shape, but he needs to play some basketball to fine-tune his instincts. As of right now, he’s 100% and apparently every bit as athletic as he used to be. Good signs, let’s just hope he stays that way.