If the new NBA season were to start today — and mercifully it won’t because the old NBA season just ended and there’s at least a month between the two — Derrick Rose would be ready to play.
That tidbit of information about the Chicago Bulls’ star, who hasn’t played a full season since 2012, comes from Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson, who writes that Rose has experienced no setsbacks in his recovery from his second knee injury and is expected to join Team USA for mini-camp before the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 14. From Johnson:
As previously reported, Rose began taking full contact in the form of one-on-one or two-on-two or three-on-three offday sessions late in the first-round series against the Wizards. Rose has had no setbacks and, if the season started tomorrow, would be fine to play. He remains on schedule to participate in the Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas at the end of July and hopes to make the World Cup team that will compete in Spain in late August through early September.
Rose, the NBA’s MVP in 2011, suffered a meniscus injury last November; he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the playoffs in 2012.