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Thibs says Derrick Rose still has some ‘rust’

NBA basketball player Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose ponders questiabout his injured knee during news conference United Center Thursday Dec. 5

NBA basketball player, Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, ponders a question about his injured knee during a news conference at the United Center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: July 18, 2014 3:21PM

All the excitement over the signings of Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol won’t mean anything if Derrick Rose doesn’t play to the level he did prior to his two knee injuries.

And even though all accounts have Rose looking healthy, he will still need to take some time to find his game.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is an assistant with USA Basketball, said that he thinks playing with Team USA will go a long way to helping prepare Rose for the season.

Thibodeau fell short of saying that Rose should make the team, but did say he thought, obviously, he has the talent to do so.

“As long as it goes well, obviously from a talent standpoint,” Thibodeau said. “But there’s rust that he has to shake off.

“He looked good in the summer league practices. He put a lot of work in. He spent a lot of time shooting. So I’m expecting him to play well [at USA camp] and then the ultimate decision will be made by Mr.Jerry] Colangelo. So hopefully he sees it that way.”


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