When the playoffs ended early and abruptly for Derrick Rose in the fourth quarter of Game 1 vs. Philadelphia, it obviously had a massive negative impact on the Bulls. His long-term absence will also hurt Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics.
"I love Derrick," Krzyzewski said Monday at Team USA's media summit in Dallas. "He helped us win a world championship in Istanbul. He's our starting point guard. I thought he grew a lot from that experience. He's somebody in the future I know will be a point guard for our Olympic team.
"He's a team player, no one pushes the ball down the court any quicker than he does. He can be an outstanding defensive player. Our hearts go out to him. It was a big loss for our team. Hopefully the surgery he had just a day or so ago will be proven to be very successful."
Without Rose, the remaining point guards on the roster for Team USA include Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Chauncey Billups is also on the roster but he's been out since early February with a torn left Achilles tendon.