Derrick Rose’s season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament last April not only dashed the team’s championship aspirations, but also the former MVP’s hopes to play for Team USA in last summer’s Olympic Games in London, which is something he was greatly looking forward to.
He would sit the entire 2012-13 season out to get his repaired knee to the point where he was comfortable with and after declaring himself “100 percent” healthy as training camp nears, Rose would like to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Speaking in the Philippines, during a recent adidas tour to promote his line of footwear and apparel, Rose said “If they select me on the team, it will be an honor,” Rose said, according to ABS-CBNNews.com “I definitely will be on the team if [coach Mike Krzyzewski] wants me.”
Rose won a gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and has a familiarity with the system run by coach Kryzewski, who will be returning as head coach.
A lot factors into Rose’s wants coming into fruition. One, how he comes back and performs after missing all of last season. Two, he has to beat out even stiffer competition in the backcourt in Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. This will also be an issue when the 2016 games in Rio, where Russesll Westbrook, Chris Paul and possibly Deron Williams also factor into trying to compete for the backcourt spots.