NEW YORK — Team USA is scheduled to board a charter flight Saturday afternoon to Spain, where the FIBA World Cup begins Aug. 30.
By then, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo should have a much better idea of whether Derrick Rose is healthy enough to join the squad for the tournament.
The Bulls guard said he was “feeling good” after practicing Thursday at the New York Athletic Club, the first time he has participated in full workouts since playing in Saturday’s exhibition at the United Center.
Rose didn’t practice Monday and Tuesday in New York and missed Wednesday’s game at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic because of what he called “body fatigue.” He said he is not experiencing any pain in his surgically repaired knees and plans to play in Friday’s exhibition versus Puerto Rico at the Garden.
Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said Rose would probably come off the bench Friday. He wouldn’t speculate how many minutes Rose is likely to play.
“I’ll give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes and just try to stay positive until then,” Rose said. “I could have played (Wednesday), but there’s no point when you can get a little bit more rest. That’s all I tried to do.”
Still, because of Rose’s injury history and because he has missed time recently, it is not assured he will make the final 12-man roster that is due Thursday. Colangelo said he would speak with team officials, as well as Thibodeau and Rose, on Saturday morning to see how Rose feels after Friday’s game.
“In the perfect world, (Rose) would have practiced and played in everything we’ve done so far,” Colangelo said. “That wasn’t the case, so we’ve got a couple of days left here (to decide on Rose’s status). Maybe all he really needed physically and mentally was to have that rest. Hopefully that’s the case.”
Colangelo said having Thibodeau with the team helps with the decision on whether Rose will continue with USA Basketball.
“In this case, it’s pretty easy,” Colangelo said. “We’ve got everyone here that we need to speak to. Thibodeau is here. Derrick is here. Derrick understands that we need to know also in terms of his status. Everything’s cool, one way or the other.”
Rose didn’t give any indication Thursday he’s planning to skip the World Cup. He said team officials have not discussed with him how they will use him during the tournament, which features five games in six days and possibly nine in 16 days if the U.S. advances to the Sept. 14 final.
“If I can play, I’m going to play, no matter when it is or how many games it is,” Rose said. “If I’m healthy enough to play, I’m going to play. I’m not worried about that. I think all the training that I’ve been doing in the past, I think that I’m prepared for it.
“It’s just that right now, I’m just getting my legs under me a little bit more. And we won by (43 points Wednesday). There wasn’t (any) need (to play) — no disrespect to the other team.”
Kyrie Irving started Wednesday in place of Rose, who had seven points, two assists and three turnovers Saturday against Brazil. Colangelo plans to listen to Rose’s input before finalizing the roster.
“The important thing is to give (Rose) the latitude and the space that he needs to make a decision in his own mind as to where he is,” Colangelo said. “There’s no push, there’s no pressure on him whatsoever. He’s already proven the kind of player that he is. We want nothing but the best for him. If he’s capable of going forward with us, that’s what we would like to see happen.”