Bulls' Rose likes Team USA potential
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been humble while discussing his chances of making the U.S. National Team, but now that he survived the first round of cuts, he can sense that he has a good chance to make the team that will compete in the World Championships.
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"It would mean a lot," he said at his basketball camp on Thursday afternoon. "Right now, it's good, but I think I've still got a lot of hard work to put in, still go out and compete and play hard, and I think that I should be on the team."
Rose was one of 15 players who made the first cut on Wednesday afternoon, and he is considered by many to be a lock to make the team that will travel to Turkey in August. Rose impressed head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the rest of the U.S. staff with his defense and passing ability during last week's training camp in Las Vegas.
"That whole experience was great," Rose said. "It was an honor just to be there. I told them, 'Let me do anything. Let me be the towel boy, anything.' I just want to be on that plane when they go overseas. ... It seems like I'm heading in the right direction for that team. I guess I'm what they're looking for as a point guard, and I just can't wait."
Rose is looking forward to quieting the critics who say this team may struggle to win since it doesn't include any members of the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing.
"They'll see," Rose said. "They will see. We're a bunch of young guys that love working out and want to prove something."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.