Rose to reporters after Thursday practice: "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow. I could've played (Wednesday)."— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) August 21, 2014
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose caught national media attention this week regarding his Team USA participation and some reported soreness in his surgically repaired left knee (the knee he tore his anterior cruciate ligament two seasons ago). But on Wednesday, Rose dispelled any rumors suggesting his knees were bothering him by telling the media after Team USA’s victory in an exhibition against the Dominican Republic that, “No, not the knees,” Rose said, “No, no, no, no; you don’t have to worry about that.”
Rose plans on playing tonight against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden in New York in Team USA’s exhibition. Exhibition is the key word, because whether Rose’s knees are or are not sore: it's an exhibition, what does Rose have to prove? Of course, Rose will be tested when Team USA’s World Cup group play schedule begins, playing back-to-backs and playing five games in six days.
If Rose’s body is already showing signs of fatigue, the natural concern is to wonder how his body will hold up under a much more grueling schedule? Until then, we’ll all monitor Rose’s progress step by step, practice by practice, and day by day. Catch Team USA tonight on ESPN 2, 6 p.m. Central Time.
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