Derrick Rose has remained healthy during his time playing for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, but that’s about the most positive thing being said, especially when it comes to his on-court performance.
Rose has shown flashes of his former self, but only briefly. The speed and explosiveness appear to be at his disposal, but it has yet to translate into him performing as the dominant offensive player he once was.
Rose tends to defer more in situations like these, however, and he isn’t at all worried that his game will fully return by the time the season begins. He reiterated how pleased he’s been with the way things have gone this summer, and remains (some might say overly-) optimistic about his on-court progress.
In fact, Rose, on the eve of Team USA’s gold medal match vs. Serbia, called his FIBA World Cup an unqualified success.
“I would give it an A in my mind,” Rose said. “Just coming off of what I had to go through and actually getting a spot on the USA team after missing two years of basketball? Like, c’mon man. It shows that I at least worked somewhere and hard work pays off. If anything, it gives me more confidence to head into the regular season.” …
“Actually making the team, my whole role has changed. I really don’t have to score. I score here and there. But it’s just team basketball, working on conditioning, and seeing what the game needs. I’m happy to be here. I think that I did great. I think I could go into training camp with a positive mindset. And I know I’m headed in the right direction.”
Rose has averaged just 5.4 points per game on 27.3 percent shooting during FIBA play, and has hit only one of his 17 attempts from three-point distance.
But he has all of Bulls training camp to figure that part out. Rose is right in asserting that returning from all of his time off due to injury and competing in games that count will only expedite the road back to his once again becoming one of the game’s best players.