Rose will play for Team USA if asked

Rose will play for Team USA if asked
September 18, 2013, 12:45 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose started all nine games at the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and helped guide Team USA to a first-place finish.

Rose, coming off reconstructive knee surgery, hasn't played a basketball game, let alone start one, in 18 months, but fully intends to if he's asked to represent his country again next year.

“I mean, if they pick me, yeah,” Rose said Monday in Manila, via ABS-CBN News. “If they select me on the team, it will be an honor.”

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Rose was cleared to play in March, but never saw the court with the Bulls last season. Now, the former MVP believes he's back to 100 percent, and didn't leave any doubt physically or mentally in his ability to play at a high level again.

And if Rose receives that phone call from Team USA, you can expect to see him in red, white, and blue at the 2014 FIBA World Championships.

“I definitely will be on the team if Coach K (Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski) wants me,” he said.