Derrick Rose Not Worried About Injury by Playing for Team USA

By Michael Terrill
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After Paul George went down with a horrific injury that resulted in a compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibula, it certainly had to worry Chicago Bulls fans. All basketball fans were concerned about George, but the reason that Bulls fans were troubled was because of Derrick Rose. Considering Rose has had a difficult time staying healthy the past couple years, the fact that he could be the next NBA star to go down is alarming.

The good news is Rose is not concerned at all. Clearly, the possibility of an injury crosses his mind, especially after seeing several Team USA players get hurt. However, that is not going to prevent him from being the best player that he can be for his country. And, it certainly is not enough reason for him to withdraw from the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

“I don’t have fear,” Rose said, according to CBS Sports. “I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine. I know I’ve busted my (butt) the entire two summers, two seasons getting back to where I am now. I’m just trying to keep it moving, stay positive every day, doing everything consistent.”

There is no question that an injury would be devastating. On the contrary, Rose playing competitive basketball this summer just might be the best thing that can happen for the Bulls. He needs to find a rhythm before the 2014-15 season begins and playing for Team USA is a great way to do that. Not to mention, the last time he played in a tournament with Team USA four years ago, he ended up winning MVP honors the following season.

A tear in Rose’s right knee meniscus forced him to undergo surgery and miss almost the entire 2013-14 season.

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