Weighing the possibilities between rest and and the opportunity to play for Team USA in the Olympics, Derrick Rose may not attend Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas on August 13th, according to Nick Friedell.
Per Friedell, Rose is trying to decide between playing for Team USA like he’s always wanted or to take the extra rest before Chicago Bulls training camp begins in late September.
The debate is no secret. Rose tore his left ACL in the playoffs in 2012. In first month of his return, he tore the meniscus in his right knee and cost him another season. Rose needed another knee surgery last season in the midst of a down-season where he averaged just 17.7 points and 4.9 assists while shooting just 40.5 percent.
It’s an important season for the Bulls under first-year Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg. The Bulls front office believes they’ve put together a championship roster, and Rose is integral to that. Anything that can deter that–such as participating in the USA minicamp–could become a distraction and detriment to the team.
But there’s also the chance that nothing happens, and Rose is perfectly fine. It’s an honor to be one of the 12 players on Team USA for the Olympics. But with USA managing director Jerry Colangelo making it mandatory to attend, Rose has a decision to make.