Following Wednesday's victory over the Cavaliers, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't rule out Derrick Rose's participation in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
“Well, I’m hopeful that he will participate and he’ll be selected, but a lot depends on where his health is,” Thibodeau explained. “But I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he enjoyed it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. I think it’s a great honor and a privilege, and hopefully it’ll work out.”
Now, Rose will get an opportunity to compete -- if his his right-knee injury and surgery to repair his torn medial meniscus heals in time.
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USA basketball selected 28 players to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer. Rose was among the list of candidates.
Rose and 11 other members from the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning team made the cut. Among the returning candidates are: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.
The only player from the 2012 team that won't return is Kobe Bryant, who reiterated that he's done with Olympic competition.
The 28-player pool for the team includes 14 newcomers: LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson.
USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski, who returns to coach the team, will choose the 12-man rosters for both the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.