The Chicago Bulls may not be the only team to have their championship aspirations derailed by Derrick Rose’s ACL tear. Mike Krzyzewski, better known to the masses as Coach K, said Monday that losing Derrick Rose for the 2012 London Olympics is a ‘big loss’ and won’t make Team USA’s road to defending their Gold Medal easy.
“I love Derrick,” Krzyzewski said. “He helped us win a world championship in Istanbul [in 2010]. He’s our starting point guard. I thought he grew a lot from that experience. He’s somebody in the future I know will be a point guard for our Olympic team.”
Rose had surgery Monday to repair his ACL which he tore with under a minute and a half left to go in Game 1 of the Bulls only playoff series in 2012.
Kryzyzewski said that the loss of Rose not only hurts Team USA from a skill and talent stand point, but it takes a lot away from the kind of character he brings and the morale tone he sets for the rest of the roster.
“He’s a team player. No one pushes the ball down the court any quicker than he does. He can be an outstanding defensive player. Our hearts go out to him. It was a big loss for our team. Hopefully the surgery he had just a day or so ago will be proven to be very successful.”
Rose was among 20 finalists in January to be named to Team USA’s roster. In light of the injuries to Rose and three other members of the team, Krzyzweski and Team USA have been granted an extension to finalize their roster. In addition to Rose, Team USA can no longer rely on Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge to contribute to earning a Gold Medal.
Originally Team USA had to submit a finalized roster by June 18th, but the Olympic Committee has shown compassion and has moved back the date to July 8th. Right now there are 18 healthy players on roster.
Kentucky standout Anthony Daivs, who is likely going to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s Draft, has been added to the roster as has Sixth Man of the Year James Harden.
Team USA opens camp in Las Vegas on July 6th and John Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, stated that it’s unclear how many players will be invited.
However, without Rose Team USA won’t be crippled at the point. They still have Los Angeles’ Chris Paul and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook on roster as well as New Jersey’s Deron Williams.