Derrick Rose and his knees need to say no to Team USA minicamp

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I hope Derrick Rose is having a restful offseason. And by that I mean I hope he’ll be kicking back later this month rather than taking part in Team USA’s minicamp.

This is where I am with the Bulls point guard: If he’s going to get injured, let it be on company time.

That’s a 180-degree turn from where I was a year ago, when Rose helped the United States win the gold medal in the World Cup. At the time, I thought Rose, after missing so much basketball the previous few seasons, could only benefit from time on a court.

He isn’t sure if he wants to take part in the Team USA minicamp, according to Whatever benefit he might derive from playing with some of the best players in the world seems small compared with the possible downside: Paul George. The Pacers star broke his leg in gruesome fashion during a Team USA scrimmage last summer and missed most of the NBA season.

I know: You can’t go through life worried about getting injured. But Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2012 playoffs and sat out the 2012-13 season. The next season, he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and played in just 10 games. He tore the meniscus again last season and missed 20 games.

You can go through life limiting your exposure to getting injured in workouts that don’t matter.

I do have an ulterior motive: I don’t want to spend the rest of the summer listening to the handwringing about what’s wrong with Rose’s game. That has been a participatory sport in Chicago for the past three years. It would be great to give that a rest, along with Rose.

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