After another lost season due to injury, Derrick Rose is reported to be eyeing the Team USA Mini-Camp in Las Vegas at the end of July for his latest return. The week-long mini-camp serves as a tryout for the 12 participants who will represent Team USA at the FIBA World Championship this August in Spain. Rose’s participation in this event can only be seen as a positive, whether he makes the team or not, a motivated Derrick Rose will emerge from Las Vegas.
The team, coached once again by Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, will invite 28 players to attend the tryouts in late July. Krzyzewski for one, is positive about Rose’s participation, when speaking with Andy Katz on the ESPNU College Basketball Podcast, Coach K offered up his thoughts on Rose saying:
“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.”
If Rose is able to make the team he will have done so on the merit of his play; which would be great news for Bulls fans as it would signal Rose’s ability to compete with elite talent. If Rose fails to make the team, well my glass is always half full.
Rose has found motivation throughout his short career from slights, perceived or real, being left off the Team USA roster would serve as a great motivator for Rose to prove his worth throughout the season.
Rose was a key contributor to the 2010 USA Team that won gold in the last FIBA World Championships. The tournament would be a great opportunity for Rose to shake off the rust after another long layoff in an environment that wouldn’t be completely dependent on him to carry the load.
I will be following the team selection closely and am anxious to learn which other point guards will be attempting to make the team. If Rose lands a spot on the roster Bulls fans will get the opportunity to see him live and in action as Team USA is scheduled to play Brazil in an exhibition game on August 8th at the United Center in Chicago.