Chicago Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau has said that he would 'love' Derrick Rose to be involved for Team USA at the upcoming basketball World Cup in Spain.
Thibodeau serves as an assistant coach on the team led by Duke's coach Mike Krzyzewski. However the star player for his NBA franchise is coming off two consecutive knee injuries and might not need the physical strain of playing competitive basketball this summer.
Thibodeau doesn't see it that way though: “I thought it was a great experience for him before,” Thibodeau said. “I know he’d like to do it. I know how USA basketball feels about him. If he’s cleared to do it, I’d love to see him do it.” The coach told CSNPhilly.com this week.
Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season with an ACL injury and then tore the meniscus on his other knee at the beginning of this season. However, he would likely be in the starting line-up for USA this summer if he were cleared.
However, Thibodeau might consider Rose's rustiness at the beginning of this season. After returning from ACL surgery, the star did not possess quite the same athleticism as he had done in his MVP season. The knowledgeable head coach may believe that a summer of international basketball and the return of confidence in a powerful USA roster may bolster Rose ahead of a 2014-15 title run with the Bulls.