Derrick Rose not deterred by Paul George injury


Chicago Tribune

USA Basketball has landed in Derrick Rose's hometown, and the Chicago Bulls' star is only thinking positive thoughts.

This is even after he witnessed Paul George's gruesome right leg injury that cut short an intrasquad scrimmage two weeks ago in Las Vegas. And even after DeMarcus Cousins left Thursday's practice at Quest Multisport early after colliding knees with another player and will need an MRI.

"No, I have no fears. I have faith. I know that I'm going to be fine," Rose said in his first comments since the Rose injury. "I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers; you can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I've been doing. Doing the consistent work when I come in, stretching.

"I'm doing everything that Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) and them want me to do, and I think everything will go my way."

USA Basketball has another practice Friday and will scrimmage Saturday at the United Center againat Brazil.

"It's going to feel like a pro-am game a little bit," Rose said. "Everyone has been talking about it in the city. It seems like it's a buzz. It's great what USA Basketball and Nike has been doing around the city, just keeping kids occupied, keeping people occupied, getting them something to do. I think it's going to help the city, and it should bring some hype to the city."

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