Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has reportedly dominated Team USA scrimmages and practices for the past week.
More important than Team USA, Rose is healthy and thrilled with the work of Bulls general manager Gar Forman.
In an effort to reshape their roster, Forman axed Carlos Boozer, acquired Pau Gasol, and drafted Doug McDermott this offseason.
“I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth,” said Rose, 25, who may onlookers prematurely considered this generation’s version of Grant Hill.
“With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing. I have that sense that they went for it. That they gave their all. We got who we could get and who wanted to come.”
Rose ripped the medial meniscus in his right knee on November 22 and underwent the knife three days later to repair the wound.
The former Tiger, who also suffered a torn ACL in April 2012, only recorded 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 10 games.
Prior to this newest injury, Rose was shooting a deplorable 35.4% from the field and clearly remained rusty following an 18-month absence from the hardwood.
As a unit, Boozer, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah helped the Bulls (48-34) qualify for the playoffs sans a blooming Rose.
Individually, Rose has averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 dishes and 3.8 boards since being taken by Chicago first overall in 2008.
Unfortunately, the youngest man to earn the MVP award has appeared in a mere 49 contests over the past two seasons.
If able to remain upright and potent, Rose will run “the most talented (Bulls) team” since Michael Jordan’s 1998 squad.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will ultimately win the Eastern Conference and advance to the NBA Finals.
Still, apparently no longer a hobbled Bull, expect Derrick Rose to make fans go wild in “The Windy City” next spring.by