Derrick Rose named to USA Basketball’s 2014-16 roster
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter January 23, 2014 11:19PM
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:37AM
The last time Derrick Rose participated in USA Basketball, the Bulls point guard eventually walked away with the 2011 NBA MVP.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would love a repeat performance.
Rose was one of 28 players named to the 2014-16 USA national team pool Thursday, and if his surgically repaired right knee can respond in time, he could play in this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain.
“Well, I’m hopeful that he will,’’ Thibodeau said Wednesday night. “But a lot depends on where his health is. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. It’s a great honor and a privilege, and hopefully it’ll work out.”
Rose was a member of the gold-medal team that won the World Championships the summer leading into the 2010-11 season, the one in which he helped guide the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“It challenges guys,’’ Thibodeau said of the USA Basketball experience. “It’s beneficial to all the players. I know Derrick, my first year when he played that summer in the World Games, he hit the ground running. He had a great season.
“He was the MVP. But I thought that experience was invaluable to him.’’
The next step in the pool process for Rose would be showing he’s healthy enough to qualify. USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed that in a teleconference, singling out injured guards Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
“Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about,’’ Colangelo said. “We have a fluid roster. We continue to watch players and prepare ourselves.’’
Thibodeau was named an assistant coach on the staff last season, so if Rose can give it a go, there will be a familiar face watching him closely.