So the Team USA camp video on NBA TV didn't show a whole lot of Derrick Rose playing. Heck, it didn't show lot of anyone playing. It showed a lot of announcers talking and a bunch of interviews. However, tuning in to see how Rose looked wasn't all that disappointing as probably 40% of the program was dedicated to discussing him.
It would have been nice to see more clips and see more action, but what we got to hear was coach K more or less worshiping at the church of Derrick Rose. He went on and on about how good Rose looked. He praised his defensive intensity and said he was back athletically.
Knowing Rose was going to be a big story, it's hard to speculate how much of the positive Rose chatter was just the hype machine and protecting Derrick and how much was legit. However, everyone from the announcers to the coaches who saw Derrick was pretty conclusive in that he looked like the old Derrick Rose and while it could easily all be fun loving summer PR, it sure beats the heck out of guys couching their words.
For Derrick's part, he said day two was similar to day one. No pain and only one turnover. He said he only cares about playing defense and passing the ball. That's probably the perfect attitude for Team USA. It won't cut it for the Bulls, but he's not with the Bulls. That's what his coaches there will want, and it's good that he's giving it to them.
How will he look running as a first option for Chicago? We won't know that for quite some time, but this is really the perfect venue for Rose to get comfortable playing basketball again. He's practicing with some of the best players in the world, competition he's not going to find so easily for pick up games.
He's going to work on using his athleticism defensively in a way he wouldn't get to in pick up games. He's not forced to carry the load offensively, but he still has the opportunity to test himself against some of the best players in the game.
What's also great about this for Rose in particular is that there are so many elite point guards present at the tryout. He'll get to go against John Wall and Kyrie Irving whom are the next two best PGs in the East which is nice preparation for the regular season on both ends of the court.
For my part, I'm hoping Derrick Rose makes the team, this is great work for him to prepare for the NBA season and hit the ground running. He'll have plenty of competition, and in this point in his recovery, it wouldn't be a critical failure if he didn't, but I'd love to see him get in the extra reps and practice time with team USA prior to Bulls camp.
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