When Derrick Rose went down with a left ACL tear in the 2012 NBA playoffs, there was much speculation how good he would be once he returned to action. However, after only 10 games played in the 2013-14 season, Rose was ruled out for the year for a second time with a torn right meniscus.
With two serious knee injuries and a grand total of 154 regular season games missed, there is no need for Rose to risk further injury playing basketball for Team USA this summer.
The only team that Rose needs to be concerned about is the Chicago Bulls. After all, he will have earned nearly $40 million from the Bulls over the past two seasons with only 10 total games played. He also had to sit on the sidelines and watch players such as Joakim Noah, Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler gut out two grueling playoff matchups against the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat last season.
Rose will yet again be wearing a suit and tie when the Bulls enter the postseason this year.
Sure, Bulls head coach Tom Thibideau will be an assistant for Team USA, but that does not guarantee that Rose will be injury-free during the games. Nor does it guarantee that Rose will get any quality playing time on the team. If Rose wants to play basketball this summer, he should do so at the Bulls’ practice facility, the Berto Center. The facility is usually open to all NBA players during the summer, and has the Bulls’ trainers and medical staff on hand if any injuries were to occur.
However, Rose does have the right to play for Team USA if he chooses to do so. It is great international exposure for himself as well as the Bulls. Still, Rose owes it to the team, the city of Chicago, and all of his teammates to stay healthy for the 2014-15 season. Nobody wants to see Rose miss another year because of injury.