Derrick Rose Takes Court In Chicago With Team USA


Derrick Rose 2In Team USA’s scrimmage against the Brazilian national team on Saturday at the United Center, the tension was palpable. Not because of a close match up, or back and forth play, but because Derrick Rose made his first appearance playing at the United Center since tearing the meniscus in his right knee at the beginning of last season.

Derrick Rose wasn’t a major force in the game, scoring only 7 points in the 24 minutes he played in the contest, but for fans in Chicago, seeing their star point guard back on the court after he played only 10 games over the last 2 seasons due to devastating knee injurues.

Rose was the last player introduced before the game got underway, and was introduced over raucous chants of “MVP” as the Chicago faithful welcomed him back to the United Center.

“I’m playing the way I normally play in the trials,” Rose said. “Push the ball, play defense and get guys shots. When the shot is available, take the shot, and I think that’s what I did tonight. I had one or two turnovers, but that could easily be changed.”

Rose didn’t need to carry the scoring burden, as other Chicago native, and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis handled that load, scoring 20 point for Team USA in the 95-78 win over Brazil.

This was the first time Davis has played in his hometown since joining the NBA.

It felt great,” Davis said. “The first time I played on this floor since high school. It’s great to be back here in front of my home crowd, friends and family coming out and supporting me. Most importantly, we got the win.”

Team USA will compete in the FIBA World Cup in Spain starting on August 30th, looking to win the tournament for the 2nd straight time.

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