Coach K: D-Rose Will Have His Opportunity To Make Team USA
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(CBS) Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski indicated on an ESPN podcast with Andy Katz that Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will have every opportunity to make the Americans’ roster for the FIBA World Cup when the squad holds training camp in late July.
Rose continues to rehab from a season-ending torn medial meniscus in his right knee that he suffered in late November. Due to various injuries, Rose has only played in 49 games in the past three seasons.
Krzyzewski’s main concern is seeing if Rose is his old explosive self. If so, Rose figures to be right there in the mix. Other point guards he could be battling for a roster spot include Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook.
“We expect him to be there that last week of July when we’re choosing the team in Vegas,” Krzyzewski told Katz. “He can’t make the team unless he’s ready to go full bore. And knowing Derrick, I would think he’ll be ready, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has previously given his blessing for Rose to compete with Team USA this summer. After the July mini-camp that ends with a roster selection, Team USA will play some exhibitions in August, then start the tournament in Spain in late August.