Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose Sits Out Of Team USA Practice


Derrick Rose 3On Tuesday, point guard for Team USA and the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose sat out of his 2nd straight practice in order to rest his surgically repaired knees, but is still scheduled to play in Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic in Madison Square Garden.

Sources close to the situation have said that Rose had requested extra time to recover after Saturday’s exhibition against Brazil in the United Center, mentioning knee soreness. To this point though, officials for Team USA have downplayed any rising concerns about the status of Rose.

The fact that Rose has missed the 2 days of practice is bound to concern some, especially Bulls fans who have seen Rose miss the vast majority of the last 2 seasons with knee severe injuries in both his left and right knee. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski did some to allay concerns Monday saying, “We’re gonna give him a couple days off because he’s been going so hard.”

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said Rose may have to surrender his spot in the starting lineup as it’s been policy that all starters have to practice the day before the game, but said that this is the best time to rest Rose.

“This was a good time for him to get rest,” Colangelo said on Tuesday. “He still thinks he needs a little bit of rest.

“At this point, it doesn’t really matter much, but there’s a rule — unless Coach changed it — that if you don’t practice the day before, then it’s hard to start the next game. But it doesn’t mean anything.”

Hopefully Rose will be completely ready by August 30th, the 1st day of the FIBA World Cup, and can maintain his health into the regular season, something that Bulls fans everywhere would rejoice over.


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