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Derrick Rose Has No Second Thoughts About Team USA

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derrick roseChicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose says he is not afraid about the potential of being injured again playing for Team USA.

Rose, who has only played 10 games over the last 2 seasons thanks to 2 devastating knee injuries, a torn ACL in his left knee, and a torn meniscus in his right knee that took place 10 games after returning from the torn ACL that kept Rose sideline for the entire 2012-2013 season.

Rose was asked by reporters if the gruesome injury suffered by Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George had given Rose any pause about continuing to play for Team USA.

Rose responded with what could only be described as a resounding no: “I don’t have fear. I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine. I know I’ve busted my [butt] the entire two summers, two seasons getting back to where I am now. I’m just trying to keep it moving, stay positive every day, doing everything consistent.”

Likewise, Bulls head coach, and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau didn’t seem to think Rose should pull out of Team USA competition either, saying, “No, not really…From Derrick’s standpoint, we think there are a lot of positives to him participating.”

The outlook both Rose and his coach have presented is probably the best one they could have. The 2 believe that, aside from ensuring proper rehabilitation of his past injuries, there is little Rose can do to ensure he in never hurt again. Injuries are part of any sport, but Rose is unwilling to let an injury stop him from competing for his country in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, which gets underway August 30th.

Team USA will participate in it’s first exhibition game on Saturday, a game against Brazil, and Derrick Rose is expected to be one of the starters when the Team USA squad takes the court.

 

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