The 2015 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp roster was announced Thursday, and Derrick Rose was not on it.
Rose had most recently been a part of the roster that won the Basketball World Cup in the Summer of 2014. This minicamp, including exhibition games, was in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, and USA Basketball has previously indicated that participation this year was mandatory to be eligible for the Olympic team.
Rose, and this may surprise you, was undecided on the idea of taking part. Even in doing so, he may have had a tough bet to make the final team of 2016. Other PGs on the minicamp roster include Stephen Curry, Mike Conley, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and Michael Carter-Williams.
Of course, we're more apt to care about the Chicago team Rose plays for, and at the least Rose's participation guarantees he won't be hurt playing for the national team. Paul George suffered his injury in preparation for that 2014 World Cup, and just this week Dante Exum of the Jazz suffered a very Rose-like knee sprain playing for Australia.
Given that Rose was able to finally complete a season, the need for 'game time' in any form is lessened this summer.
Rose's backcourt mate Jimmy Butler is taking the call to join the minicamp. Butler was invited to the camp last summer but pulled out due to injury. I guess it would've been nice for Butler and Rose to get an early start in playing through THE BEEF, but Bulls training camp is an undoubtedly better place for that anyway.
Of other note is that former coach Tom Thibodeau (feels weird to type!) is continuing on his role as an assistant for the team. We know Thibs and Butler are still chums. But maybe Rose is avoiding his old coach? Probably not!