Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose missed his third day of practice with knee soreness, and was kept out of practice Tuesday, according to Sheridan Hoops. With this latest development, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving may be promoted to the United States’ starting lineup.
“Kyrie Irving could move into the starting five after playing exceptionally well in a sixth man role Saturday night against Brazil, and the federation was expecting Rose to be able to contribute off the bench.”
Team USA is still citing precautionary reasons for keeping Rose out. The three-time All-Star has played just 10 games the past two seasons because of knee problems.
During the United States’ scrimmage against Anderson Varejao and Brazil Saturday night, Irving started the fourth quarter, along side Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and James Harden. He scored six points and doled out four assists in just over 14 minutes on the floor.
His defense–which is a little shocking to hear–was praised by Coach K.
A recent report from CBS Sports lists Irving as a core member of the roster, which is a bit surprising to writer Matt Moore, because he appears to be lock to make the team, while Damian Lilliard could be cut:
“Irving is surprising… in a vacuum. If you take out Coach K’s relationship with Irving as a former Blue Devil, and his relationship with LeBron James (who the coaches want to keep happy for a number of reasons), Irving is a worse three-point shooter than Lillard (though still a good one), a worse defender than Lillard (and don’t even get me started on the gap between Irving and the already-cut John Wall on defense), and Lillard has had fewer reported attitude issues. Irving admitted earlier this week that he hasn’t been a leader ‘at all’ in Cleveland.”