Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau believes Derrick Rose should be going with Team USA to the Basketball World Cup this year in Spain, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Rose has only featured 10 times for the Chicago Bulls this season, and has been ruled out for the rest of season due to a torn muscle in the right knee.
But Thibodeau is positive the 25-year-old will make the plane in the summer.
"Oh absolutley," he said. "If he's healthy and he's cleared. I know he'd love to do it, and I'd love to see him do it."
The 56-year-old coach is the assistant manager of Team USA for the summer World Cup.
But the final say lays in the hands of USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who Thibodeau has a respected opinion based around his final decision.
"The thing I have a lot of respect for is they're not going to put a player in harm's way," he added.
"So if the team doesn't feel its in the best interest of the player, they're not going to put pressure on the player to play."
With Derrick Rose playing at point guard, there have been a number of contenders for the World Cup spot.
Stephen Curry, 25, has been on tremendous form in this campaign for the Golden State Warriors having scored an average of 23 points and 8 assists every game.
While Chris Paul, 28, is another candidate for Spain, as the Los Angeles Clippers point guard has scored an average 19 points, and 11 assists per game.
But Thibodeau thinks that Rose will be back near the end of the season considering the long-term injury.
"He's doing fine, but we just want to make sure that he is 100% healthy.
"There is a plan for, and it is going to be step by step. He's moving along pretty much as planned and we'll see where he is by the summer."
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