I'm sure there will be some grousing. He won't even suit up for us, why the hell is he playing for the national team? What if he gets hurt again? How can we have Derrick Rose take this type of risk given his recent injury history. I get it. However, I think Rose playing for the national is a positive.
Rose has had two consecutive non contact injuries
Let's face it, this simply just doesn't bode well for his future either way. Who knows if Derrick will ever stay healthy again. However, if he can't make it through a world cup stint and some team USA practices then he sure as hell isn't going to make it through the regular season anyway.
For Derrick Rose to actually help the Bulls, he needs to come back, stay healthy, play with no fear, and bring the same athleticism he brought before. In short, he needs to become the old Derrick Rose again.
In order to become the old Derrick Rose he can't be skipping everything, doing the minimum, and worried constantly that his knee might give out on him. He has to go out there and play with confidence.
When Rose was back, he never looked like himself
Derrick was quite a bit away from domination prior to tearing his meniscus. His straight line athleticism was good, but he didn't show much change of direction and his shooting was abysmal. You can practice all you want on a court by yourself. You can even get a bunch of people to practice with you.
What you can't easily do is get a bunch of the best players in the entire world to practice against you. You can't easily practice against NBA caliber defenses and NBA caliber athleticism. You can't fake that without actually getting the best players in the world to defend you.
That's exactly what will happen at the world cup team practices. Derrick will get to try himself out against the best of the best in a team setting. This is the type of training that can help him come back to the Bulls in 14/15 playing back near his peak level.
It's going to help him a hell of a lot more than doing some extra squats or lining up against whatever workout buddies he can find near him.
Tough task tonight
Looking at wins and losses, the Bulls are one of the hottest teams in the league. However, they haven't played an opponent that doesn't suck in quite some time. They play a team with a record over .500 tonight, one that's not in the minor league conference. We'll see how they stack up.
My guess? Not good. However, I don't think many Bulls fans have been fooled by this run against the dregs of the league. The Bulls did beat a couple teams with above .500 records over the run, but the Hawks were barely over and the Suns were missing Eric Bledsoe.
Even the "quality" wins weren't that quality. I'm skeptical the Bulls really have it in them to even compete against the top Western conference teams, but I'm hoping to be proven wrong.