When Mike Krzyzewski returned to Chicago last week to speak at the centennial celebration of his Catholic elementary school, he had two long talks with Tom Thibodeau.
The Duke Hall of Fame coach and USA Basketball head man heard encouraging news about Derrick Rose from Thibodeau, Krzyzewski's assistant on Team USA.
"Tom told me first how hard he's working and the speed he's working at," Krzyzewski said by phone Monday. "When you're coming back from an injury, you have to prepare to play -- run, shoot, push the ball. Derrick wants to be special. And he has been. This has been a difficult time for him but he's handled it well. We're hoping this summer can be a springboard for him."
Rose will participate in Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas at the end of July. The program also has a Chicago stop scheduled in August with community events at the World Basketball Festival and a United Center scrimmage against Brazil.
Krzyzewski said it's too early to speculate whether Rose can make the team that will compete in Spain's World Cup of Basketball in September. Rose played for Team USA and Krzyzewski when they won gold at the World Championships in Turkey in 2010.
"I haven't seen him play," Krzyzewski said. "If he's up to par physically, it's a matter of how he interacts 5-on-5. We're anxious to see him play. He was a key player for us in Instanbul. He's so unselfish and will do anything to help the team."