Derrick Rose admitted he wanted to prove doubters wrong in his return from a torn ACL last season. One month into the season, Rose then suffered a torn ligament in his right knee.
“Coming back last season, of course I wanted to prove everybody wrong,” Rose said. “I wanted it too, too bad. This time around, I just know that I’ve got to let the game come to me. Go out there and just play.”
Rose is participating in Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas, which began on Monday.
“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” he said. “It’s probably big for everyone else because they haven’t seen me. It’s kind of weird. People are kind of like in awe to even see me run down the floor, like I’m handicapped or something.
“This is only the beginning of a long journey. But my confidence level is through the roof. I know how special I am as a player,” he said. “And I know what I still can do.”