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Rose would be 'honored' to make final USA roster
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff

Derrick Rose

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Published: 2/10/2010 10:08 AM | Updated: 2/10/2010 10:03 PM

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Before he was knocked out of Wednesday night's game by a hard foul, Derrick Rose was named to the USA Basketball 2010-12 national team.

That basically means he's a candidate to play for Team USA at this year's FIBA World Championships in Turkey and also the 2012 London Olympics. But he's one of 27 names on the list, so it's far from a sure thing.

"I've got a chance, that's what it means," Rose said before the game. "I've got a chance, a pretty good chance, to tell you the truth. I've just got to continue to play hard and make sure I do everything right for Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and them.

"It would be an honor just to be on that team."

Krzyzewski will continue his role as coach of the national team. Rose was part of a USA Select team that scrimmaged against the Olympic squad in 2008. He also took part in a USA Basketball minicamp and exhibition game last summer.

Rose is clearly looking forward to the possibility of playing in the Olympics, calling it a dream of his. But he's also ready to make a run at the World Championships later this year.

"Definitely. If you play on that, you're probably going to be on the (Olympic) team," Rose said. "So I hope I do get a chance to play in it."

One benefit to just being invited to try out for the national team is a chance to spend a few days competing against the NBA's best. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are among the 27 players on the list.

"Him being on the select team has been a valuable experience, I think," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Whenever you can get around that type of talent and that type of experience, I think it's positive, especially for young players."

Rookie show goes on: Taj Gibson may see limited minutes in Friday's rookie-sophomore game at all-star weekend. But he's still planning to play, despite suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"I want him to enjoy the experience. He deserves it," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He'll play four or five minutes in each half."

Gibson was the No. 26 draft pick last year out of USC but said he doesn't take making the nine-man rookie squad as any sort of vindication.

"I just think about how blessed I was to be on a great team like the Bulls," he said. "A playoff team; a team that has so much prestige. I've never really been on a great team that had such good fans."

Bull horns: After hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, Kirk Hinrich needs 5 more baskets from long range to break Ben Gordon's franchise record of 770 career 3-pointers. - Center Jerome James said his planned comeback from an Achilles' tendon tear has been delayed by a couple of nagging injuries. - Since joining the Bulls, Devin Brown has hit 4 of 24 shots from the field.