By Shannon Ryan and K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporters
8:06 PM CDT, July 14, 2014
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 to Aug. 1 before roster cuts are 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, who is working to return 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. "Hopefully he's going to be in top shape. 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 the camp in Las Vegas, the team will train Aug. 14-15 in Chicago, then face Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center on Aug. 16. A 12-man roster will participate in the FIBA World Cup in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
Rose, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 World Championships, faces point guard competition from Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving.
Former Bull Kyle Korver also will attend the camp, and Tom Thibodeau serves as Krzyzewski's assistant.
Time to talk: Though LeBron James met only with the Cavaliers and the Heat, his agent, Rich Paul, met teams in Ohio during the first week of free agency.
It had been reported that the Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Rockets all met with Paul. But ESPN.com first reported and a league source confirmed that the Bulls did as well. With the Bulls not possessing maximum salary-cap space, the source described the meeting as "due diligence."
Bombs away: Doug McDermott sank 7 of 14 3-pointers in his first two summer-league games.
"I feel like I'm more than a shooter and a complete player," McDermott said.
Adrian Griffin, the Bulls assistant serving as summer-league coach, agreed.
"He's versatile," Griffin said. "You could post him up on smaller guards. He can step out and stretch the defense. And I've even put him in pick-and-rolls. I haven't seen anything he can't do offensively."
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