Derrick Rose likened to Ferrari as Team USA eulogize about 'elite' comeback

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Derrick Rose is back to his very best, with the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls star currently performing at the 'elite' level at Team USA training camp.

That is according to Coach K at least with the veteran Duke coach eulogising about Rose in recent interviews.

Elite level

Derrick Rose has endured a frustrating time over the past couple of seasons, with two separate injuries limiting the 2011 NBA MVP to just 10 regular-season games since 2012.

But, despite his extended time away from the hardwood, it doesn't look to have taken the Bulls man long to return to his best. Coach Krzyzewski has been blown away by the Bulls man's since he arrived on Team USA duty:

"It takes an exceptional person, which is why we're talking about Derrick," he explained to reporters.

And the news that will delight Chicago Bulls fans the most?

"There was a buzz right away because it was basically him saying, 'Look, I'm not just back. I'm back at a level that's elite.

"He really created an air of excitement for the team because we all were anxious to see who he was right now. And who he is is very, very good."

Considering Rose was already amongst the NBA's best prior to his ACL injury in April of 2012 the idea that he may well actually return at an even more prolific level is something that will have Bulls fans queuing round the block at the United Center come the fall.

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Chicago bound

Chicago Bulls fans will have the chance to see Derrick Rose in action up close when he heads back to Chicago next week as Team USA continue their preparations for the FIBA World Cup which takes place in Spain this August.

And his franchise head coach, Tom Thibodeau, is even closer to the action as Rose continues his road to recovery what with the Bulls coach acting as an assistant to Coach K for the national team.

That is a great bonus for the NBA franchise and its fans. With Thibodeau present this offseason he is able to monitor the progress of Derrick Rose whilst at the same time ensuring that he is not putting himself at risk of further injury in his efforts to come back fighting.

His fellow NBA players are excited too about what they are seeing in Rose's return. Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond went as far as to describe D-Rose as like "a Ferrari amongst Nissans" this week.

Back to his best?

As for Rose himself, the 25-year-old has spoken defiantly about the upcoming NBA season - stating his desire to make his critics eat their words when he returns to the court for his long awaited comeback.

The passion is there for sure in Derrick Rose, and so now it seems is the sharpness and technical ability which helped him to average 25 points and 7.7 assists during his last full season in 2010-11.

Of course no one will be expecting him to challenge for MVP honors next season, but for the Chicago Bulls fans out there wondering about what next season holds the news that their franchise talisman is returning in style is quite a boost.

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