Rose insists that he can’t get tired of questions as they will continue all year…
Team USA and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has insisted that he is “feeling good” after playing on back-to-back nights at the FIBA World Cup 2014.
The 25-year-old has been limited to playing in just 10 games over the past two NBA seasons due to a pair of serious knee injuries that he suffered in April 2012 and then in November last year.
However, after impressing through training camp this summer, he was selected on the final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup and has played a role in Team USA winning their opening two games of the tournament.
While he has played a reserved role as a result of sharing minutes with both Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry, Rose has revealed that he is feeling good despite the added stress on his knees and believes that he is working his way back to his best.
“I’m just trying to put that behind me,” Rose said of any trepidation he’s feeling as he ramps up his comeback, ESPN reports.
“I know the questions are going to come and they’re going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it. I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there.”
USA have three games in three days starting on Tuesday, against New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine respectively, but given the ease with which they are able to dominate games, they will likely be afforded the luxury of resting players throughout.
Nevertheless, it will likely be a talking point for Rose through the rest of the summer and into next season as there are still significant doubters who believe that his style of play will likely impact on his future health.
There is no denying that Rose in full-flight and at speed is a great thing for the NBA, but it remains to be seen whether or not he has finally put his woes behind him.