Rose earns Team USA training camp berth, praise from Coach K


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Count coach Mike Krzyzewski as one of many Chicagoans hoping to see Derrick Rose return to form.

Rose was named Monday as one of 19 players on the USA World Cup national team training camp roster, which will practice in Las Vegas from July 28-Aug. 1 before another roster cut is made.

"I'd like to see him play like the Derrick of old," Krzyzewski said on a teleconference. "He's one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA."

The national team coach has received positive feedback on Rose's health as he works back from his second knee injury in two years.

"What we've heard is he's in great shape," said Krzyzewski, a Chicago native and longtime Duke coach.

He expects to see Rose in four summer league practices with the Bulls, although Rose won't play in those summer league games.

"Hopefully he's going to be in top shape," Krzyzewski said. "Derrick's a great guy. I know he loves representing his country. Hopefully this will be a launching pad for him for a great NBA season."

After a 12-day break following the camp in Las Vegas, the team will train Aug. 14-15 in Chicago, with an exhibition game against Brazil on Aug. 16.

The FIBA World Cup will be played in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.

The rest of the 19-man training roster includes DeMar DeRozan from the Raptors, Chandler Parsons from the Mavericks, Bradley Beal from the Wizards, DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings, Stephen Curry from the Warriors, Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, Andre Drummond from the Pistons, Kevin Durant from the Thunder, Kenneth Faried from the Nuggets, Paul George from the Pacers, Blake Griffin from the Clippers, James Harden from the Rockets, Gordon Hayward from the Jazz, Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers, Kyle Korver from the Hawks, Damian Lillard from the Trail Blazers, Kevin Love from the Timberwolves and Klay Thompson from the Warriors.

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