Derrick Rose: “It’s an Honor to Play For Team USA”

Derrick Rose was one of 28 players named to the USA National Team pool

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Derrick Rose was named to the 28-man pool for the US National Team on Thursday. After being non-committal on the matter when asked in early December (two weeks after surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee) Rose released a statement saying he was looking forward to an opportunity to compete with the team.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the court this summer and having the chance to represent our country,” Rose said. “It’s an honor to play for Team USA and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski).”

Rose was on the gold medal-winning FIBA World Championship squad in Turkey back in 2010 and now finds himself in a talented pool of point guards which includes Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Deron Williams.

But Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Chairman and National Director, said on a conference call Thursday that he was still unsure of Rose’s participation.

“Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about, and that is a big variable,” he said. “We have a fluid roster.”

However, Tom Thibodeau -- an assistant coach on Team USA -- says he hopes his point guard will decide to play, but everything hinges on his health and how he feels physically.

“I’m hopeful that he will participate,” Thibodeau said. “But a lot depends on where his health is. I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he enjoyed it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. I think it’s a great honor and a privilege. Hopefully, it will work out.”

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