If USA Basketball, which advances to a Thursday semifinal vs. Lithuania, wants to repeat as World Cup champions, it may well need Rose to become a scorer rather than facilitator again. Which is why coach Mike Krzyzewski, who had shared similar thoughts with reporters Monday, pulled Rose aside for a little chat.
“Coach K gave me that green light,” Rose said.
“That’s Derrick Rose,” Team USA assistant coach Tom Thibodeau said. “That’s how he plays basketball.” […] “As long as we win, I couldn’t care less about how much I score, how many times I miss, how many times I shoot,” Rose said. “If we win and I’m exciting people, that’s great too. … I know that I have it. I know what type of player I am. I know I’m great.”