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Should Derrick Rose Be Practicing With Team USA Right Now?

Submitted by on July 29, 2014 – 11:44 amNo Comment

It sounds like Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is finally ready to get back to playing in the NBA. Rose—who has spent most of the last two years sitting on the sidelines with knee injuries—has been working out on his own for a few months now. And all indications are that Rose has felt good. But on Monday afternoon, he took part in a workout with Team USA and, afterwards, he told reporters that he feels great.

“My confidence is very high,” he said, “and that’s the only thing you might see this year—that my confidence is through the roof.”

Should Rose be practicing with Team USA right now, though? Or should he be back in Chicago rehabbing and doing whatever it takes to make sure that his knees are ready to go during the upcoming season?

People seem to be on both sides of the fence on those questions right now. There are some folks out there who believe that Rose shouldn’t risk injury by taking part in Team USA workouts, especially if he doesn’t see himself taking part in the FIBA World Cup in September. They say that the risk simply isn’t worth the experience Rose is gaining by playing alongside his fellow Team USA members. But then, there are those who say that he should be practicing with Team USA since, at some point, he’s going to have to come out of isolation and play with his fellow NBA players. Otherwise, how will be know how his knees are going to hold up next season?

We tend to agree with those people. We obviously don’t want to see Rose get hurt while playing with Team USA. But we also don’t want him to feel timid or passive next season. So it’s best for him to get out there on the court now with Team USA and work his way back into the mix now rather than waiting for the 2014-15 NBA season to do it.

Do you agree with that sentiment? Or do you think Rose is making the wrong decision by playing with Team USA?

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