by Yusuf Gadlin
If your name is Mike Conley, John Wall or Kyrie Irving you should be afraid, very afraid.
Those three players are hoping to become apart of the USA Men’s Basketball team that will compete for a gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. Instead of those three players competing for one available spot for the loaded and star studded point guard position, one man might snatch their dream away before they could ever realize the possibility of making the cut. That man’s name…
If Rose happens to show up unexpected to Las Vegas, he would then posses a psychological advantage over the other point guards vying for that final point guard spot. Rose was previously apart of last summer 2014 FIBA World Cup team that took home the gold medal, but he was using that platform to shake off rust after suffering a meniscus injury that cost him all of the 2013 season. This time around, Rose boast a clean bill of health and a better understanding of what he can and can no longer do on the basketball court. Rose still has his blazing speed and the unorthodox in which he finishes his lay ups is still present.
This mandatory non-contact meeting in Vegas should serve Rose as a confidence builder. It is also should serve as a subliminal warning to the opposing guards that Rose still feels he is one of the best point guards in the world. At this point in the Chicago champion career he has a lot to prove. Guys like Stephen Curry, Irving and Wall, once wished they could reach Derrick’s level of play. Rose used to be the measuring stick, and because of injury it was all taken away. Walking into the gymnasium on August 11th will prove that the 2011 MVP is out to reclaim his top spot.