Rose told Yahoo Sports on Sunday he remains uncertain if he will participate in the camp, which begins July 28 in Las Vegas and from which the U.S. World Cup team will be selected.
“I still don’t know yet,” Rose said, speaking after surprising former teammate Drew Gooden at his basketball camp near Oakland, Calif. “If I’m feeling right and the time is (right), for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.
“Right now, I haven’t really thought about that. I am just worrying about just trying to get back every day and I’m really taking rehab one day at a time instead of trying to think about competing.”
Rose has played in just 50 games over the last three NBA seasons. He is seven months removed from having his right meniscus surgically re-attached. The Tribune reported two weeks ago that Rose has been participating in fullcourt scrimmages at the Berto Center since May.
“I think I was ready a long time ago,” Rose told Yahoo Sports, in his first public comments since February. “Right now is about just getting all the wrinkles out. I’ve been playing for a long time, even though nobody has (seen it). I want to just step on the court and I want people to see that I’m the same.”
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Tribune in April that he planned to personally monitor Rose’s status as the minicamp neared.
“If he’s capable of going, the Bulls want him to go to (Team USA) camp,” Colangelo said then. “There’s a lot to find out about where he is. For his own peace of mind, he needs to know that anyway.
“Derrick is part of our family. We want him to have that opportunity. He has plenty of time between now and then to get himself ready.”
In an interview last week with the Tribune, USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski said two long talks with Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau produced only good news about Rose’s recovery.
“Tom told me first how hard he’s working and the speed he’s working at,” Krzyzewski said. “When you’re coming back from an injury, you have to prepare to play — run, shoot, push the ball. Derrick wants to be special. And he has been. This has been a difficult time for him but he’s handled it well. We’re hoping this summer can be a springboard for him.”
The point guard position is crowded for Team USA. Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry all are expected to attend this July’s minicamp.
Rose told Yahoo Sports his national team decision will be made between himself and agent B.J. Armstrong.
“If we both agree on it, we’re good,” he told the web site. “If not, there is nothing wrong with saying no.”
As for Anthony, Rose reiterated he won’t recruit the All-Star forward in free agency, saying he can play with anybody. The Tribune reported last week that Rose’s camp has made clear to Anthony’s camp he’d be fine with his addition.
Rose called Anthony “a great player” who “takes the game serious” and that he loves his game and his heart.