K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Derrick Rose is fully fit, to the effect that he could play a full contact game today without any problems.
At this point most will have an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude upon hearing the news after multiple failed injury comebacks.
He was ruled out of the entire 2013 season and played the first ten games of the 2014 season before succumbing to injury again. Nevertheless, Rose is convinced this is his year, even if the media shy point guard doesn’t tell us himself:
As previously reported, Rose began taking full contact in the form of one-on-one or two-on-two or three-on-three offday sessions late in the first-round series against the Wizards. Rose has had no setbacks and, if the season started tomorrow, would be fine to play. He remains on schedule to participate in the Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas at the end of July and hopes to make the World Cup team that will compete in Spain in late August through early September. (via cbssports.com)
There’s no guarantee that Team USA decision maker Jerry Colangelo will pick Rose. He has other impressive young point guards, namely Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, who played pivotal roles in their teams’ playoff campaigns.
It is very much in the interest of Rose and his Chicago Bulls that he is on the plane to Spain. The more competitive minutes he plays, the better, so that he can gain in confidence and sharpness before the upcoming season.
Unfortunately for him the tournament arrives too late to persuade any undecided free agents to join him in Chicago.