The Chicago Bulls will be well represented at the 2012 Summer Olympics with Joakim Noah playing for France and Luol Deng starring for Great Britain, but a torn ACL will force star guard Derrick Rose to miss out on the international basketball tournament. Rose starred for Team USA in 2010 at the World Championships, and was thought to be a lock for a spot on the highly competitive roster this summer.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked on Monday about what missing Rose means to his team.
"I love Derrick," Krzyzewski said at the Team USA media summit. "He helped us win a world championship in Istanbul (in 2010). He's our starting point guard. I thought he grew a lot from that experience. He's somebody in the future I know will be a point guard for our Olympic team.
"He's a team player. No one pushes the ball down the court any quicker than he does. He can be an outstanding defensive player. Our hearts go out to him. It was a big loss for our team. Hopefully the surgery he had just a day or so ago will be proven to be very successful."