Mike Krzyzewski announced on an ESPNU College Basketball Podcast with Andy Kats that he is full expecting Derrick Rose to attend the Team USA training camp in late July. After missing all but 10 games this past season with a torn MCL in his right knee, Derrick Rose is right on track with his proposed return. All along we have heard his goal is to join Team USA in Las Vegas for training camp.
“We expect him to be there that last week of July when we’re choosing the team in Vegas. 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,” Coach K said during the show. “We’re anxious to see once the season ends just who is going to be there. And then hopefully we’ll select 12 guys that will win the World Cup for us.”
With Chris Paul already ruled out, Derrick Rose’s competition consists of Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Kyrie Irving. Also a question mark is Nets guard, Deron Williams, who will have offseason surgery on both ankles. With international play requiring a smaller roster, and Derrick along with Russell being big point guards, it is very likely Derrick makes the team and is able to play both the PG and SG position.
In a recent Bulls Zone podcast, Dr. Martin Leland came on to discuss Derrick Rose and where he was with his recovery as of late March. Leland had this to say about the health of Derricks knee when asked what percentage of health he is at,
“From a meniscus perspective I would say it’s pretty high, I’d say his meniscus is doing pretty well, I would say it’s probably mostly healed. But from a muscle perspective, I would say he’s pretty low. He’s at the beginning of the real strength training phase. After two weeks athletes muscles are deconditioned, and that’s just after two weeks. I feel like he is still another 3 months minimum before he is strong enough to play.”
So with the word of Dr. Leland in March claiming Rose could be strong enough to play in 3 months, that makes it the end of June before he is 100%. Giving him the extra month to get his conditioning and training down even more. Barring any setback, there is no reason for Derrick to be anything less than 100% when the time comes for him to test his knee out in Vegas.
This could not be a better case scenario for Bulls, its fans, or Derrick Rose himself. We witnessed last season his return. It was a struggle to say the least. Rust, timing, the inability to finish at the rim. His over basketball alertness. They were all suffering. Being off for 18 months will really put a cloud over you while you work your way back. With this situation Derrick gets to scrimmage and play game speed basketball against the best basketball players on the planet. There is not one negative that can come out of this. Also, this could show Carmelo or other potential stars (Kevin Love) looking to move on their next contract, that this is the Derrick of old. Potentially all the talk of him not recruiting, this could let his game do the recruiting for him. Do you remember last time Rose played for Team USA in the summer? That’s right, he was crowned MVP.
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