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Updated: October 17, 2013 12:03AM

After not playing basketball for nearly a year and a half, the focus for Derrick Rose during the preseason has been to get his ­surgically repaired left knee ready to withstand the rigors of an 82-game regular season.

But asked if he would like to play for USA Basketball again next summer, that didn’t seem too far from Rose’s mind. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski coaches the team, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is one of his assistants.

“I would love to play on the team; it would be an honor,” Rose said. “But at the same time it would take me trying out for the team and Coach K and his coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them.

“So if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will.”

The other left knee

Starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler missed the Bulls’ preseason game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the United Center with a bruised left knee. Butler said he had an MRI exam on the knee and it revealed nothing serious.

Butler banged knees with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall when the Bulls played in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Butler was able to finish the game, playing a team-high 31 minutes.

Noah makes debut

After sitting out the first three preseason games with a groin strain, center Joakim Noah started against the Pistons and played nearly 20 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing seven rebounds.


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