Derrick Rose sat out of Team USA practice for the second day in a row Tuesday in what was considered precautionary rest for the point guard. After missing practice, Rose might not start Wednesday's exhibition game in New York.
The U.S. plays an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden Wednesday against the Dominican Republic, a game Rose might not start thanks to what USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo called an informal rule.
“Chances are he won’t [start],” Colangelo said, “because the rule is if you don’t practice the day before, you don’t start.”
Rose said his time off Tuesday was "just another rest day," and he hopes to be playing in Wednesday's exhibition. The Bulls point guard played 24 minutes in the USA's exhibition against Brazil last week, scoring seven points.
“I’m really happy where I’m at right now, health-wise and recovering very quickly,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to take my time and get rest, because we have a long schedule ahead of us. I’m just trying to get as much rest as possible.”
When the U.S. gets to World Cup pool play, they will play five games in six days.
The FIBA World Cup begins on Aug. 30 in Spain.
- Molly Geary