By Paul Roumeliotis
It's no secret that Derrick Rose would love a spot on the U.S. men's basketball team for the Olympics.
Rose was a starter for the 2010 gold medal-winning team at the FIBA world championship, averaging 7.8 points per game. This year, he believes he has to prove himself, especially with point guards Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook still in the mix who have gold medals from the 2012 Olympics.
Rose is all for playing for Mike Krzyzewski in Rio in 2016. And he has a likely supporter in Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls head coach is an assistant on Coach K's staff.
"For sure, I would love to play on the team," said Rose. "It would be an honor. But at the same time it'll take me trying out for the team and Coach K and this coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it's just going to take me trying out for the team."
With Thibodeau on the coaching staff, it might be something Rose will have to get used to.
"It's going to be a little bit weird, but at the same time it should be cool and we should grow — our relationship should grow — with us being two other leaders driving this team."