Although Chicago Bulls’ star point guard Derrick Rose returned to action with Team USA in preparation for the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this summer, there is speculation he may not make the team because of soreness in his injured knee that has limited him to just 49 games over the last three seasons. However, several writers seem to believe there is nothing to that story.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders tends to agree with the beat writers, believing Rose is fine.
I trust the beat reporters as well, since they’ve been around Derrick Rose more than anyone and know what he’s been experiencing. We’ll see how these next two exhibition games go though. It’ll be interesting to see how his knee responds. If he’s hurting and can’t practice, it does make sense that Team USA would be hesitant to bring him to Spain, since the last thing they want is to get there and be at a disadvantage because Rose is unavailable and their roster isn’t at full strength. I don’t know if it’s that serious though. The beat reporters seem to think it’s nothing, as you said, so I tend to believe them at this point.
Rose averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game while shooting 35.4% from the field, 34.0% from beyond the arc and 84.4% from the free throw line in 10 games last season season. In his career, he has averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46.0% from the field, 31.2% from three and 81.5% from the charity stripe.
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