It appears Derrick Rose‘s return to basketball could come before next fall. Mike Krzyzewski would like it to occur this summer, as Rose has been selected as a member of the 2014 United States Men’s National Basketball Team‘s roster. The roster includes 18 other NBA players, and eventually it will be trimmed to 12 by the time competition starts in August.
As of now the roster is as follows: Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver.
The million dollar question — will Rose actually suit up for Team USA?
If you’re a person who likes to make friendly wagers, the safe bet is that Rose will not play for Team USA this summer. His career moves to this point have all been of a conservative nature, including his decision to sit out nearly all of last season following a meniscus tear.
But if you’re a person who tries to stay optimistic, there appears to be much more than a puncher’s chance of Rose playing ball for the Land of the Free this summer. Just the fact that he accepted an invitation speaks volumes. If he truly felt he wasn’t ready to ball again, he could have just told Coach K, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’
Rose playing for Team USA will likely boil down to how he feels in the upcoming practice sessions, which are slated to begin on July 28th. If he deems himself ‘unready’ once again, you can be certain that Chicago Bulls fans will start to sweat. Again.