If Derrick Rose's playoff performance is any indication, the Bulls point guard could be in for a giant 2015-16 season.
That's according to CSN's Bulls color commentator Stacey King, who spoke at the Bulls/Sox Academy Tuesday and believes the league's youngest MVP is getting back to that old form.
"I expect him to have a big year this year, I expect him to make the All-Star team, I expect him to be back to the elite player that we are used to seeing," King said of the three-time All-Star (2010-2012). "I can't wait to see him."
King's comments come on the heels of a report last week that Rose, 26, is still undecided about participating in Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas next week. Rose was a part of last year's USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, a decision that came with some scrutiny as he had just missed all but 10 games of the 2013-14 season with a torn meniscus.
Rose suffered a second meniscus tear in February that cost him 20 games, but a surgery that removed the meniscus rather than repair it allowed for a quicker recovery time. Rose returned for the Bulls' final five regular season games, helping Chicago earn the No. 3 seed in the East.
In the playoffs Rose averaged 20.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in nearly 38 minutes per game, giving the Chicago native some momentum heading into the beginning of the Fred Hoiberg era.
But King would rather Rose take time before training camp begins in September to rest his knees.
"Derrick knows his body. And me personally, I'd like to see him not play because this is an opportunity that the Bulls have a championship run in them and they need Derrick Rose healthy," he said. "If Derrick Rose is healthy and he can play in Team USA, I would say go. But over the last couple of years he's had those major injuries that have cost him some time."
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When Rose does begin his seventh season with the Bulls - with his third head coach - King believes Hoiberg's free-flowing, up-tempo offensive system will fit Rose perfectly.
"Fred's going to give them a breath of fresh air and bring fun back to basketball," He said. "Derrick and Jimmy are going to enjoy playing for him."