Derrick Rose is out to prove a point to all of the doubters and naysayers that believe he can not return to his MVP form after sustaining a torn ACL and torn meniscus in back to back years, and missing nearly two entire seasons of NBA basketball.
His first mission is to be an integral part of the USA Basketball team that is gearing up for the FIBA World Cup. Thus far he is impressing nearly everyone on the coaching staff, including head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coach Jim Boeheim.
In a recent interview with ESPN Chicago, Boeheim discussed how impressive Rose has been at training camp thus far.
That’s my biggest surprise coming in here. The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time [off]. He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the world championship in ’10, when he was at full strength coming [into] an MVP year. He looks very, very good. Obviously, [when] he gets in some games, it will be a little different, but it’s not like he hasn’t had success in games. He had a lot of success. He’s been the most impressive guy here.
That is quite the praise coming from Boeheim considering the talent currently training with the USA Basketball team. If Rose can continue to utilize his time with USA Basketball to get back in the groove of things, he can start off the NBA season right where he left off before the injuries.