Will Derrick Rose play for Team USA? Depends whom you ask
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter June 30, 2014 11:57AM
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose smiles as he works out with the team before an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Chicago. No date has been announced for his return. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: June 30, 2014 12:00PM
If Derrick Rose were healthy and didn’t try out for USA Basketball’s World Cup team this summer, it would come as a surprise to the Bulls.
As far as they’re concerned he plans to give it a go provided he is healthy.
“In terms of if he’s ready to go, he’s going,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He wants to go. That’s what he’s told me, that’s what he’s told USA Basketball but it’s a step-by-step process. He’s coming along fine. The next step is to participate in summer league. If that goes well, he goes to USA and if that goes well he’ll play in those games.
“You don’t know that context in which it was said. So from what we’re seeing, he’s making good steady progress, he looks great and that’s all he can go by.”
However, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports Sunday, Rose made comments that gave reason to doubt whether he would be with USA Basketball at all this summer.
“I still don’t know yet,” Rose told Yahoo! Sports. “If I’m feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.
“Right now, I haven’t really thought about that. I am just worrying about just trying to get back every day and I’m really taking rehab one day at a time instead of trying to think about competing.”