Chicago Bulls: national team

Rose honored to be on Team USA roster

February, 10, 2010
2/10/10
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FRIEDELL By NICK FRIEDELL
ESPNChicago.com
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All anyone will be talking about after Wednesday night's game is whether Derrick Rose is going to be OK after taking a hard foul early in the first quarter and exiting the game with a bruised right hip.

Will he be able to play in the All-Star Game in Dallas?
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Gary Dineen/Getty ImagesDerrick Rose's selection to the All-Star team -- the Bulls' first since Michael Jordan -- is reason to celebrate.

It's clear that he really wants to be a part of the action and he earned a spot on the team by playing some great basketball over the last month and a half. Earlier Wednesday, Rose also earned a spot on the U.S. National team's roster, an honor that he seems just as proud of. I caught up with the young point guard for a few moments (before his hard fall) and it was evident that he is truly honored to be recognized as one of the best players in the country.

Nick Friedell: Can this week get any more exciting for you -- especially considering you were named to the USA National team roster today?

Derrick Rose: Man, that's a big honor. One of my goals was making that team. There's like 27 people going out there for the camp. So hopefully, I make the team in 2012 and hopefully you'll see me playing on TV with them.

NF: Have you talked to anyone else on the roster since it was announced?

DR: No, I haven't talked to anyone yet. But I know Coach K or someone will be calling my agents or something like that so I can talk to them.

NF: He mentioned earlier Wednesday that he always enjoyed seeing you at the camps and that you made a commitment to the team. How important do you think that was in getting named to this list?

DR: For a coach to say [that] to you, of his caliber, means a lot. He's a smart coach. A real player's coach. And he's all about winning no matter what it takes. And that's what I'm all about.

NF: We've talked about this before, but how much of a dream is it for you to play in the Olympics?

DR: It's a big dream. Just looking at when they were playing a while back, me and my mom watched them [in Beijing]. We were up around 3 a.m., 4 a.m. or something like that when the games used to come on. They used to come on real late in the morning, and we were up watching the games. And I know that everybody else was watching them, too. Hopefully when I make the team, or whenever I do make the team ... everybody will be watching me. As I was up watching them when I was younger.

NF: You're headed to Dallas Thursday. What has it been like getting ready to go?

DR: I've just been anxious. Just ready, man. Just to go down there and see how many fans are down there. Because the fans are the ones that just help this League keep going. And for them to already almost sell [Cowboys Stadium] out already is crazy and I'm just happy to be part of this big ordeal that's going on right now.

NF: Have you thought about what it's going to be like to walk into that huge stadium already?

DR: No, (Smiles). You can't think about something like that. You can't, to tell you the truth. You can't think about anything like that.

NF: But you've dreamed about being an All-Star as well. For it to be this close to becoming a reality has to be pretty cool.

DR: Yeah, it's cool, man. Especially to be the one right after Mike, Michael Jordan. It means a lot. Trust me. And I'm from Chicago, so it means a lot.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5