HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

August 23, 2014 Updates

Playing in his second game in ninth months, Rose came off the bench and made his presence felt, contributing six points and four assists in about 13 minutes of action. Rose had sat out of several practices earlier in the week and missed Wednesday's exhibition game versus the Dominican Republic. But he answered questions on the court. "Derrick brings something that we don't have as far as being able to push the ball so fast and get into the paint, and (he's) so athletic," USA guard James Harden said. "He made a couple cross-court passes for open threes. He looked phenomenal." USA Today Sports

August 22, 2014 Updates

There's a powerful person behind Derrick Rose's participation with USA Basketball that prefers to remain behind-the-scenes. Jen Swanson, whom the Bulls hired last summer as their Director of Sports Performance, is more qualified than anyone to monitor Rose's rehabilitation, knees and body. And the fact she is traveling with USA Basketball and in consistent communication with Rose, who returned to practice Thursday after three days of rest, is an important security blanket for the Bulls, who still believe reward outweighs risk in this endeavor. "Jen's doing a great job of making sure I'm coming in every day and stretching and trying to get my flexibility right through my whole body," Rose said during the Las Vegas minicamp in late July. "She stays on me, and I'm happy the Bulls got her here." Centre Daily Times

The Bulls hired Swanson away from Athletes' Performance in Los Angeles after she worked extensively with Rose during his rehabilitation from his May 2012 surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. She quickly developed a strong rapport with players during her first season and then unexpectedly developed an even stronger bond with Rose when he tore his right meniscus in November 2013. "What she has done with the team has sort of been the next step for our league," Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. "It's a piece that probably was missing. You have a trainer. You have a strength coach. And now you have a person who works with both and where if you're weak in a certain area, they can sort of lock into that. So I think she has been a big plus for us." In a rare interview last October, Swanson detailed her reasoning for leaving her successful career as a physical therapist who worked with a wide variety of professional athletes. Centre Daily Times

August 21, 2014 Updates

Team USA officials have insisted all week that they are merely treating Rose with the utmost caution after surgeries on both knees limited him to just 10 games over the past two seasons. But a source familiar with Rose's condition told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell on Tuesday that the 25-year-old has been bothered by knee soreness since his return to the floor against Brazil and requested extra time to recover. Rose denied after the game that his knees, specifically, were sore, instead characterizing it as "body fatigue." ESPN.com

August 20, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Word just coming in that Coach K is giving Derrick Rose one more night off. He now will NOT play tonight against the Dominican Republic. This is being billed as a coach's decision to give more of a look to other players as cuts approach. Kyrie Irving starts in place of Rose Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

August 19, 2014 Updates

Cousins and Rose are close to being certainties. But they are NOT locks. Tuesday’s practice marked Cousins’ first live scrimmage since he was injured last Thursday in Chicago, suffering a bone bruise in his knee. SheridanHoops

Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule. SheridanHoops

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