Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said he wants to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer, according to a report Tuesday from ABS-CBN news.
Rose said it would be "an honor" to be selected to join the squad that Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski assembles for a run at the championship next summer.
"I mean, if they pick me, yeah. If they select me on the team, it will be an honor. I definitely will be on the team if Coach K wants me."
Rose was speaking from Manilla, where is currently touring as part of his D Rose World Tour.
The 24-year-old, who became the NBA's youngest MVP ever in 2011, was part of the team that won gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He is scheduled to return at the start of next season for Chicago after sitting out all of last season because of an ACL tear he suffered in the 2012 playoffs. He did not participate in Team USA's four-day camp in Las Vegas last July, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Rose can still play for the squad if his knee permits. Forwards Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves flew to Las Vegas this summer to tell Krzyzewski that they will play for the U.S. next summer in Spain.