(CBS) It was only one practice, and much of it wasn’t open to the media or outsiders, but the early returns for Bulls point guard Derrick Rose at USA Basketball’s training camp Monday in Las Vegas appear positive.
“He (looks) better than he did four years ago,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.
It was in 2010 when Rose was part of the USA squad that won the FIBA World Championship, a run that was a springboard to an MVP season for him. It’s a different feel this time around as Rose is coming off two devastating knee injuries in the past couple years — the most recent in November 2013 that kept him out of almost the entire Bulls season — but Rose reported no pain in Monday’s practice.
“They’re good,” Rose said, according to the Tribune’s K.C. Johnson. “There’s no pain.”
Everyone around Rose has said his explosiveness has returned, and he looked the part in videos posted on social media by the NBA.
In Las Vegas, Rose is battling the likes of Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, John Wall and Kyrie Irving at the point guard position. Those who make the cut will continue on to the World Cup in Spain in late August and mid-September. There are 19 players at camp, and 12 will be selected.