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Is Derrick Rose's knee OK to play for Team USA?

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Is Derrick Rose really OK? Or isn't he?

Rose has played it extremely careful and close to the vest in his recovery from two knee injuries.

So, when he sat out of two practices and then an exhibition against the Dominican Republic, it was cause for concern.

If you recall, last week he made his triumphant return to Chicago's United Center in an exhibition against Brazil.

Now, we're left to wonder if he was just being cautious or there is real cause for concern.

SI.com has a story posted asking “Is Derrick Rose's future with Team USA in doubt?”

Rose, for his part, told NBA.com's John Schuhmann on Wednesday that it wasn't even because of the knees that he sat.

From a Tweet from Schuhmann: Rose says "It's just body fatigue." Not the knees? "No, not the knees. No, no, no, no. You don't got to worry about that."

Reason to worry

While Rose tries to convince all that there isn't reason to worry, there is at least some reason to do so.

If you recall, his last comeback from knee surgery didn't go so well.

He got hurt again and missed the rest of the 2013-14 season after missing all of the 2012-13 one.

Rose, coach Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo said they were being cautious and that the team also was looking to help make its decision on who to cut as the roster goes from 16 players to 12.

“I could've played, but there's no point when you can get a little bit more rest, so that's all I'm trying to do," Rose said told ESPNChicago.com.

They have all promised he will play on Friday.

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Will he sit more in future?

The question now is how much he will sit or play in the future.

"If I can play, I'm going to play, no matter when it is or how many games it is," Rose told SI.com. "If I'm healthy enough to play, I'll play. I'm not worried about that. I think all the training that I've been doing in the past, I think I'm now prepared for it. Right now, it's about getting my legs up under me a little bit more."

While Rose remains confident, there were quotes in the SI.com story from Colangelo and Krzyzewski that might open things up to a little uncertainty.

"I think it's as much about where he is mentally as it is how he's feeling, and we're hoping of course for his benefit that he comes to a conclusion that he's ready to go," Colangelo told SI.com. "Then we can count on him, and then we can plan accordingly."

"We still have to complement about eight guys with four guys," Krzyzewski told SI.com. "Once we are sure of those eight guys then the complement of those other four will make the moves easier."

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