May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 104-82. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose Puts Damian Lillard’s FIBA Aspirations at Risk

Derrick Rose will join Team USA for training camp in Las Vegas later this month.  Ongoing recovery from a medial meniscus tear in his right knee had created some uncertainty, but he is officially listed on the 19-player roster that includes the Portland Trail Blazers’ own Damian Lillard. The point guard pool is now very strong and there are still cuts to be made as coach Mike Krzyzewski whittles the team down to 12 players for the FIBA World Cup.

Full Roster:

Stephen Curry (PG) – Golden State Warriors
Derrick Rose (PG) – Chicago Bulls
Damian Lillard (PG) – Portland Trail Blazers
Kyrie Irving (PG) – Cleveland Cavaliers
James Harden (SG) – Houston Rockets
DeMar DeRozan (SG) – Toronto Raptors
Klay Thompson (SG) – Golden State Warriors
Bradley Beal (SG) – Washington Wizards
Kevin Durant (SF) – Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George (SF) – Indiana Pacers
Chandler Parsons (SF) – Dallas Mavericks
Gordon Hayward (SF) – Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver (SF) – Atlanta Hawks
Blake Griffin (PF) – Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Love (PF) – Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Davis (PF) – New Orleans Pelicans
Kenneth Faried (PF) – Denver Nuggets
DeMarcus Cousins (C) – Sacramento Kings
Andre Drummond (C) – Detroit Pistons

If Rose is indeed healthy, as has been reported, Lillard’s chances of making the team have been significantly diminished. When Russell Westbrook withdrew from the roster one week ago, it seemed as if Lillard was a shoo-in for the World Cup. Now, Lillard will have to earn it over not one, but two point guards with prior World Cup experience. Rose and Curry played for the USA team that won the championship in 2010, while Lillard was halfway through his college days at Weber State.

There is still a chance that Lillard and Rose could make the team, but the cards would have to fall just right. A cursory glance puts players like Irving, Thompson, Beal, Parsons, Hayward, Korver, and Faried on the chopping block for this to happen. You never really know what Coach K has in mind, so pay attention in the coming month or so to see if Lillard will be part of the team heading to Spain in August. The tournament runs from August 30th to September 14th.


* Portland Trail Blazers 3x All-Star, LaMarcus Aldridge, was also part of the initial 28 player pool, but withdrew from consideration before the 19 training camp invitees were finalized.



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Tags: Damian Lillard Derrick Rose Fiba World Cup Portland Trail Blazers

  • Trevor Westerdahl

    If Derrick Rose plays for Team USA, he is an idiot and would be disrespecting his team, his fans, and his family. He has already struggled mightily trying return from injury too early. Even if he is 100% healthy, this is stupid as there is no track record to prove it. Players often fail to be self-aware. Just ask Brandon Roy.

    If Team USA allows him to play, I have zero respect for the Team and will do my part in boycotting any Team USA event.. A player should have, at least, one full season of injury-free play after such a long recovery period before being accepted to the team. As your article points out, there are plenty of high-caliber alternatives available, such as Damian. There is no need for players to push the edge of a return to play.

    If Derrick’s family, his friends, his teammates, and his fans watch him reinjure himself while playing for Team USA, what would that mean? What would really be said from that point forward? What an insanely stupid choice it would be for him to even consider joining the team and what a rotten, poor, and idiotic choice it would be for Team USA to allow him to play knowing his recent history.

    Derrick really is a moron if he goes and I won’t respect him or Team USA for allowing him to go. When is the last time he played for more than 3 months? Wow! Just plain stupid!

    • duke

      Both u guys can eat ass in die rose is one of a kind if u don’t see u being a dick