Bulls point guard Derrick Rose missed Tuesday's Team USA practice in New Jersey, a day after "planned rest" kept him out of Monday's light practice and "Hoops For Troops" event at U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
It was first reported by SheridanHoops.com that Rose was held out Tuesday due to "knee soreness," something that one person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSNChicago.com.
However, that same individual emphasized that it was "nothing out of the ordinary," while another source also downplayed the Chicago native's non-participation at the Brooklyn Nets' practice facility.
Rose could still play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden, but USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo indicated that if he did play, he would be unlikely to return to the starting lineup, due to the national team's policy of having to practice a day prior to a game in order to start.
Although those who have been kept abreast of the situation have minimized any serious injury concerns, with Team USA's grueling schedule leading up to the beginning of the FIBA World Cup at the end of this month, even before this latest development, one source has consistently suggested to CSNChicago.com that Rose could end up withdrawing from the event altogether, in part because the burden he's expected to carry will be that much heavier with the absence of reigning league MVP Kevin Durant and injured All-Star Paul George, creating a less-than-ideal scenario for the 25-year-old to ease his way back to his previous form in advance of the NBA regular season.