CLEVELAND—Injured Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s involvement with the team now extends not only to traveling on roads trips, but shooting, as the former league MVP recovers from his November right-knee injury and subsequent surgery to repair his torn medial meniscus.
“He’s shooting now. So he’s coming along fine. His spirit’s strong,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had two workouts today, but he still has a long way to go. It’s important for him to go step by step, be patient and just regain his health.”
In addition to coaching Rose with the Bulls, Thibodeau could also coach the Chicago native as a member of USA Basketball’s coaching staff. Thibodeau didn’t rule out Rose’s potential participation in the 2014 World Cup, something USA Basketball will have a conference call about Thursday.
“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.”
Rose was a member of the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships, prior to his 2010-11 MVP campaign for the Bulls.