Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is reportedly still deciding whether to attend USA Basketball's team minicamp in August.
ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports that Rose is weighing his options given that the program has made attendance mandatory for players hoping to participate in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The alternative would be extra rest for a player who, given his history of injuries, could likely use it.
Rose, who returned from a torn right meniscus to help Team USA to a win at the 2014 FIBA World Championships, has said in the past he would like to play in the Olympics. He was on track to play in the 2012 games before tearing the ACL in his left knee during the NBA playoffs. Prior to that, he helped the U.S. to gold at the 2010 World Championships.
After tearing his right meniscus again last season, Rose returned in time for the playoffs and looked healthy. Still, his history of knee injuries at age 26 certainly weighs on his decision, particularly given Chicago's veteran roster and postseason hopes for the upcoming season.
[daily_cut.NBA]The minicamp, held in Las Vegas, consists of two days of noncontact workouts and an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 13. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo has emphasized the value of attendance for players hoping to fight for a place on the roster for the Rio games, but USA Basketball's approach toward the camp has been largely laid back. It will serve to gauge commitments rather than guide any final roster decisions.
The U.S. has the luxury of drawing a large pool of players with international experience, particularly given the roster turnover between the 2012 Olympic-winning team led by LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and others, and last year's World Championship group that heavily featured Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and James Harden.
It's not year clear which stars will be in attendance at the minicamp, though reports have indicated many of USA Basketball's big names will be there. An ugly compound leg fracture suffered by Pacers star Paul George in a Team USA scrimmage last summer that sidelined him for much of the 2014-15 NBA season has made the the decision process cloudier for some stars. Durant dropped out of the 2014 group shortly afterward.
- Jeremy Woo