Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose excited United Center fans with his first game since Nov. 22, scoring seven in 24 minutes as his Team USA ripped Brazil, 95-78.
“When I was out there they wanted me to shoot every ball,” Rose said with a laugh.
But Rose, who just recovered from a tear the medial meniscus in his right knee, insisted on playing the way he normally does.
“Push the ball, play defense and get guys shots. When the shot is available, take the shot, and I think that’s what I did tonight,” said Rose. “I had one or two turnovers, but that could easily be changed.”
The former MVP was cut on his face in the first half but came back into the game late in the second quarter and made a nice running floater to end the half.
In the third, he split two defenders and laid the ball in, a vintage Rose move that Bulls fans are expecting to see again this NBA season.
“It’s great to watch Derrick play again,” Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he played.”
With Paul George out due to a gruesome injury and Kevin Durant leaving the team last week, Rose will be counted on to provide an offensive punch for this team alongside Stephen Curry and James Harden.