Derrick Rose out for exhibition against Dominican Republic
Derrick Rose will not play in Team USA's exhibition Wednesday night against the Dominican Republic, according to John Schuhmann of NBA.com. Team USA staff wanted to give Rose an extra day off. Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis will start.
Rose reportedly participated in a team shootaround Wednesday morning.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday that Rose's not practicing Tuesday could result in him not starting Wednesday. Rose described his absence from practice as "just another rest day."
The 25-year-old point guard has drawn praise from Team USA coaches for his performance in workouts after playing in only 10 games over the past two seasons with the Bulls because of two severe knee injuries.
Rose scored seven points over 24 minutes in Team USA's exhibition against Brazil on Saturday.
The three-time All Star and one-time MVP is considered a favorite to earn one of 12 spots on Team USA's roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Aug. 30.
Derrick Rose participated in Team USA's shootaround this AM at MSG. Moved well, I'm told, and still on course to play vs. Dominican Republic — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 20, 2014
- Chris Johnson