Derrick Rose sat out last night's game against the Dominican Republic after Mark Stein said he would be available to play. Sounded like it may have been a coaches decision because he didn't practice the previous couple days as Rose went through shoot around.
Team USA has plenty of depth and the Dominican Republic wasn't going to be much of a challenge anyway, so there was no need to play Rose, and even if the Dominican Republic was a super team, I've seen nothing that suggests Derrick Rose is pushing the meter for Team USA anyway.
Derrick looks like he has some speed and athleticism back, but he still looks rusty as hell as a basketball player, and it will probably take several months of playing basketball to regain his timing, rhythm, and confidence which is another reason I'm glad he's with Team USA now and hope he makes the squad.
As for his recent set back, Rose denied it was problems with his knees, Team USA seems to have some concern:
From KC Johnson's story's story:
Rose says "It's just body fatigue." Not the knees? "No, not the knees. No, no, no, no. You don't got to worry about that."
Rose said he had "body fatigue," while Bulls coach and USA Basketball assistant Tom Thibodeau said Rose had "general soreness" that is common following an extended layoff from competition.
"I'm just thinking about the long schedule that we have and talking to (USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski) and the whole coaching staff, just seeing who didn't have the opportunity to play last time, why not get a little bit of rest?" Rose said. "It's nothing to worry about. I don't have anything to worry about."
There's been a buzz recently that Rose might not be a lock to make Team USA anymore if he can't prove that he's healthy enough to play games every night. In one stretch Team USA will need to play five games in six nights. If Rose needs three days off after a single game, that doesn't look good.
Rose's excuse for taking a night off in a game isn't so bad for this exhibition, but it doesn't really make any sense whatsoever as to why needed three days to recover from the last game and missed practice.
"The crowd, them chanting your name four or five times, like, c'mon, man," Rose said. "I want to be out there, but at the same time, my health is the number one issue right now."
Rose's health is definitely the #1 issue and whether this soreness is a serious topic or simply part of the process in returning is a long debate with fans. On the one hand, it's easy to note that his workload against Brazil really wasn't that high.
He wasn't driving in all game long or playing like an alpha, his level of intensity wasn't nearly what it will need to be for the Bulls night in and night out for more than 26 minutes. It's also been nine months since his surgery which other players are probably playing NBA basketball around the 4-6 month mark from.
Maybe he just couldn't simulate a game well enough before Team USA, game stress is different than workout stress, but that seems like a stretch.
On the other hand, this could simply be accumulated soreness from the whole Team USA camp. He's defending and attacking against some of the best players in the NBA every single day in scrimmage and that probably is difficult to simulate in the off-season. He could easily have some accumulated body aches from adjusting to that and wanted some time off a day earlier but didn't want to miss the game against Brazil at the UC.
Rose plans to practice today and play in tomorrow's exhibition game in NY. As I said yesterday, it's not panic worthy, but it is at least somewhat worrisome. It's pretty reasonable to be paranoid when Rose took longer than expected to come back twice and reinjured himself after his first comeback.
Bulls intersted in Barbosa?
- Barbosas managers (Jeff Schwartz e Sam Goldfeder) had a meeting with Tom Thibodeau on Monday.
- Tom also spoke with Barbosa after the USA X Brasil game on Saturday.
- Gar Foreman is already in contact with Barbosa´s camp.
- Heat is his other option. However, Bulls interest is higher than Miami´s according to the article.
Barbosa would be an interesting choice after signing Brooks. He was clearly a very good player back in his prime, and I think he'd be a good player at the minimum. I'd take him and worry about the depth later.
Barbosa can shoot a bit, drive, and score. He's an instant offense kind of player but with all the offense the Bulls added this off-season, I'm not sure how much need they have. Brooks, Gasol, Mirotic, McDermott, and Dunleavy are all likely to be offensive oriented specialists. Brooks and Barbosa seem to overlap nearly exactly.
Still, I'll take quality vs non quality if he's wiling to come for the minimum which is all Chicago can offer. He probably won't need to play, but if injuries happen then the Bulls would be awfully happy to have him. With Barbosa, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulls could make the ECF even without Derrick Rose.
That might be fourth place medal at the Olympics type showing, but it'd still be more fun than bowing out in round one if there is a Rose injury.
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