D-Rose, Team USA to play exhibition vs. Brazil at the UC
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter August 13, 2014 9:48PM
Updated: August 17, 2014 9:33PM
It was more than a simple endorsement.
Asked in Las Vegas two weeks ago about Derrick Rose, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski was searching for adjectives.
He couldn’t find enough superlatives.
This weekend, Bulls fans will get their first look at the hype when Rose and the U.S. national team resume training in Chicago for the FIBA World Cup and play an exhibition Saturday night against Brazil at the United Center.
All eyes will be on Rose, who has played in only 10 regular-season games since the 2012 playoffs.
As good as he looked in the first week of camp, you can expect Rose to keep it simple.
“We just have to keep talking to each other, keep giving each other confidence,’’ Rose said recently. “The thing is jelling quickly, learning players’ tendencies.
“I usually say whatever the game needs, that’s what I’m going to put into the game. I learned that by actually playing through my mistakes with the first injury, just seeing that I was forcing everything.
‘‘It wasn’t just the way I was playing; I wasn’t enjoying the game like I did before the injury. Now it feels like I appreciate it a little bit more. I just enjoy being on the court and playing the game I love.’’
But the circumstances have changed for Rose. Team USA suffered two tough losses: Paul George’s injury and Kevin Durant’s unexpected departure.
Rose might be counted on to do more than first anticipated, but those who know his game aren’t worried about him trying to do too much.
“I don’t see him forcing anything,’’ Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. “I see him letting the game come to him, and then when he has opportunities to make plays, he makes them. He’s playing with confidence.
“When I say he’s playing with confidence, he is playing with a real nice pace to his game. Obviously, he is so athletic that he’s going to make explosive plays. But I don’t see him rushing in anything that he’s doing.’’