“I mean if they pick me yeah” Rose said Monday in Manila when asked if he wants to join Team USA. “If they select me on the team it will be an honor.”
Rose was part of the team that won gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championship starting all nine games of the tournament and averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 assists per game.
But he did not participate in Team USA’s four-day camp in Las Vegas last July as he continues to recover from an ACL injury that forced him to miss the entirety of the 2012-2013 NBA season.
According to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo Rose can still be a part of Team USA as he “qualifies in a lot of ways” for the national squad.
“He knows our system. He’s been part of USA Basketball. He’s a terrific guy. He’s a great competitor” Colangelo told USA Today back in July. “We have to wait and see what he looks like. How quickly does he get back to that level and then it’s going to be up to him as to whether he wants to be with us next summer.”