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Rose (knee) practiced Thursday and intends to take the floor Friday for Team USA against Puerto Rico, ESPN reports. After drills, he said, "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes...just trying to stay positive til (sic) then."

Rose has been sidelined since Team USA's last tilt Saturday versus Brazil, but his ability to practice Thursday bodes well for active status Friday. Although injuries to both knees have contained him to 10 games over the past two seasons, assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has merely termed the guard's ailment as "soreness." Rose has two opportunities to fit in a competitive game before Team USA opens play at the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30, but the final roster is expected to boast incredible guard depth, thereby removing the need for him to show up on a daily basis in Spain.

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Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects Rose (knee) to practice and play Friday, ESPN New York's Ian Begley reports.

After sitting out two days of practice, Rose was a surprise scratch from Wednesday's game against the Dominican Republic. The team said that it was a coach's decision, and that the team wanted to get a look at other players. Thibodeau said the coaching staff expected Rose to have "soreness" after last Saturday's action, so it seems that everyone is just playing it really safe with regards to Rose. If he does play Friday, we'll know that any knee issues are minor.

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Rose (knee) will sit out Wednesday's scrimmage, the New York Post's Tim Bontemps reports.

He hasn't practiced the past two days, and was seen icing his knee earlier in the week, but this is being billed by the team as a "coach's decision" so that they can get a look at some of the other guards who are not locks to make the team. That may not be the most believable excuse, as Rose's injury history is well-documented, and at the very least, it begs the question of how well Rose will be able to handle the compact World Cup schedule.

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Rose (knees) did not practice Tuesday but is expected to play in the Team USA exhibition game Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.

Rose is reportedly dealing with some soreness in his knees, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious at this point as he has said he is happy where he is with his recovery at this point. Some soreness was bound to happen considering how much time he has missed with significant injuries the last two seasons, so expect him to continue to get some days off from practice periodically to get extra rest.

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Rose received a "planned light day" Monday, and was absent from the Team USA scrimmage that was broadcast on TV, while he was icing his knee, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

While the team is calling it a planned off day for Rose, one can't help but get a little nervous, and maybe even a little crestfallen, especially if you're a Bulls fan or own him in a dynasty league. He returned to action at the United Center on Saturday night, and it's quite possible that he tweaked his knee during that outing. His surgeries and inability to return to action over the past couple seasons have been well documented, and there's no doubt that drafting Rose in fantasy this season is a high-risk/high-reward proposition.

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Derrick Rose said that he "wasn't enjoying the game" during his comeback from ACL surgery last season.

Rose Watch was in full effect for all of 2013 and his demeanor coincides with his recent comments. Rose reportedly looks good at Team USA camp and general manager Gar Foreman said the Bulls are supportive of Rose with the national team. He'll be watched closely yet again this offseason.

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Derrick Rose said that he'll try to minimize contact next season to avoid wear-and-tear on his body.

"Just trying to [keep] people off my body," Rose said, explaining how his game has changed after multiple knee surgeries. "I'm using a lot of floaters, using a lot of pull-ups, stuff like that so that I won't get touched as much." He said that he's become a "smarter" player in recent years, and he's worked tirelessly to improve his shooting range, but he remains a high-risk fantasy option due to his unfortunate injury history. He's looked great practicing with Team USA this week, and a strong showing at the World Cup this summer would certainly ease fears about a setback.

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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee surgery) looked explosive at Team USA's training camp.

Rose has already received rave reviews from Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau joined the mix on Monday. "The same [speed and explosiveness[. The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That's all there," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is serving as a USA assistant to Krzyzewski. Rose still has a long way to go in proving he's healthy, but he'll be a steal in fantasy drafts this fall if his knee holds up all season.

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Derrick Rose spoke with media following Monday's Team USA practice, and he is not lacking in confidence.

"I really think that I'm a special player in my mind," said Rose. "I still have youth. I'm only 25, man." When Rose was asked how close he is to being his old-self, Rose responded: "I'm there, man. I'm not worried about that. My confidence is very high." The hype-train on Rose is going to start early this year as the basketball world anticipates the return of the former MVP. He'll come with a lot of risk, and at a steep price on draft day, but if he can remain healthy, he'll be a very fun, and exciting player to own.

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Derrick Rose briefly played during Team USA's scrimmage on Monday, and said that "it feels great" to be back on the court.

He also added that he is pain free, and that's what all the reports have been saying up to this point. Rose will be under a microscope throughout the FIBA World Cup (assuming he makes the 12-man roster), and Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he would play without restrictions. Rose will be a risky first-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.