Derrick Rose will begin practice with USA Basketball on Monday, the first live competition for the 25-year-old since tearing the meniscus in his right knee in October.
And when he begins that tryout with the ultimate goal of being named to Team USA to compete in the 2014 FIBA World Cup at the end of August, he hopes it's the beginning of proving all his doubters wrong.
Rose's comments came at the unveiling of the adidas D Rose 5, the Bulls point guard's fifth signature shoe that will be released sometime in October.
Rose certainly has his detractors, as appearing in just 10 regular-season games since the end of the 2012 season. But now Rose is healthy and will compete for a roster spot in Las Vegas -- though, as Insider Aggrey Sam pointed out, he'll have steep competition -- before attempting to lead the Bulls back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since his last healthy season, 2011.
Rose, who was accompanied by the newest star point guard of the adidas family, Damian Lillard, also had this to say during the event.
"When I came back last time I wanted it too bad. This time I'm gonna let the game come to me." -@drose— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) July 27, 2014