Rose Reaction: Day 2 of Team USA camp

July, 29, 2014
Friedell By Nick Friedell
LAS VEGAS -- The praise for Derrick Rose's game continued on Tuesday during Day 2 of Team USA camp. No matter which player or coach spoke, they all discussed how impressive Rose has been during his first two days of camp. Let's take a quick look at some of the highlights from Rose's day:

In Rose's words: On the biggest difference he felt in his game from Monday to Tuesday: "I think it was the same. Just trying to keep on improving and just happy to be here. Happy that the USA team gave me an opportunity to be here and show everything. And just trying to get in a groove with my guys, learn guys' tendencies when I'm playing with them because the coaching staff has been switching up teams and really just trying to live it up."

[+] EnlargeTom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images"I think he's found his rhythm," team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said of Derrick Rose's performance in two days of camp.
On his scrimmage performance: "I think both days were the same. I think I had one turnover both days and as a point guard that's the only thing that I'm worrying about right now. Making sure that I'm pressuring the ball full-court and making sure that turnovers are low and making sure I'm getting guys the ball when they need it."

In Thibs' words: On Rose's day: "The biggest thing is each day for him to get more comfortable. I think he's found his rhythm. There's a lot of guys out there doing great things. I think the thing that makes them all so special is their willingness to make plays for each other."

On Rose's game evolving: "I think that's the biggest challenge for him is just showing more patience and finding the rhythm of the game. When he does that the game is a lot easier and that's the way we really want him to play and I think he has the benefit of having gone through coming back last year. And so I think he learned from that, I think he's better prepared this time around. His body looks great and he says he feels great. So you just keep going day by day."

In Coach K's words: On the differences between Rose's game on Monday and Tuesday: "He was phenomenal [Monday] and he was today, too. He hasn't held anything back. The neat thing about today was we went hard [Monday] and we went hard today and he hasn't been in this [practice] environment and he was as good or better today."

Teammates' reaction: Bulls rookie and Team USA Select member Doug McDermott on Rose's performance: "He's looked really good. He's one of the best players here and he definitely showed that the last couple days so it's great to see obviously."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined for its launch in April 2009.



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