While Chicago Bulls fans are understandably excited to see Derrick Rose participating with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, they’re likely doing so with one eye winced shut.
Sure, it’s awesome to see Rose back on the hardwood but there is understandable concern that his playing time could be a problem for the Chicago Bulls this season. For now though that doesn’t appear to be the case as Rose, who played in back-to-back games for Team USA says he’s feeling just fine.
“I know the questions are going to come and they’re going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it. I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there.”
Although Derrick Rose came off the bench in Team USA’s victory over Turkey on Sunday night, he ended up playing the most minutes (23) of any player on the roster and seems to be doing well from a physical standpoint.
If there is a positive for the Chicago Bulls by allowing Derrick Rose to participate for Team USA, it’s that he won’t need much (if any) time to acclimate himself with the game again. Not only will he be ready from skills standpoint, he’ll also have conditioned his body for the rigors of an NBA game.
Often you’ll see a player return from injury and take a few weeks to return to form, struggling catching their breath or getting tired easily. That shouldn’t be the case for Rose, assuming he is to remain healthy.