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Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the game against the Indiana Pacers on November 16, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 14: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Matthew Dellavedova #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at United Center on May 14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls warms-up prior to the game against the Miami Heat on October 29, 2013 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 12: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls pauses on the court in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Bulls 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls watches from the bench against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on February 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The Heat defeated the Bulls 93-79. NOTE TO USER: User Expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Liscense Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 27: Derrick Rose #41 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team poses for a headshot at the Wynn Las Vegas on July 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 11: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in November, practices his shooting before the Bulls take on the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 22: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 22, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 22: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 22, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls in action of the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 21, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls gingerly walks to the bench during a time out in an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 4th quarter at the United Center in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Bulls won, 96-81. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 6: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2013 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls prepares to shoot a free throw against the New York Knicks at the United Center on October 31, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 82-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls warms-up against the Miami Heat on October 29, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 and Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls speak with eachother against the Miami Heat on October 29, 2013 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 and Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat walk up the floor during a game at American Airlines Arena on October 29, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls warms-up prior to the game against the Miami Heat on October 29, 2013 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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By Glenn Minnis
XN Sports

Score one for Derrick Rose. After nearly two years of virtual inactivity, the former league MVP showed he is indeed ahead of the game during a Team USA practice on Monday in, of all places, the high-stakes world of Las Vegas.

After playing in just 10 games over the last two seasons, Rose pronounced himself not only fit for duty but brimming in confidence soaring "through the roof" as he took the hardwood and largely managed to steal the show from a backcourt of All-Stars featuring Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.

"I'm there, man," Rose told reporters following his first practice and long after he had established as much by attacking the basket during drills and a scrimmage in the same way that once propelled him to being championed as the youngest MVP in league history. "My confidence is very high, and that's the only thing you might see this year - that my confidence level is through the roof."

If that remains the case, the sky could be the limit as to just how far Rose and the deeply-loaded Bulls can go. With a roster that also includes reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic and grizzled coach Tom Thibodeau pulling the strings in it all, certainly a deep Eastern Conference playoff run and perhaps even a conference finals showdown with LeBron James and the Cavs don't seem far from the realm of possibility.

After Monday's first-day drama had passed, the 25-year-old Rose pronounced he felt no pain in his most recently surgically repaired right knee and a delighted Coach Mike Krzyzewski declared himself breathing a lot easier about his team's World Cup chances given Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook have all withdrawn from the team over the summer and James early on announced he planned to take the off-season off from such stressful competition.

"I was ecstatic about watching him today," Krzyzewski told ESPN. "He's better than four years ago. Four years ago, he was 21, and he was just on the verge of becoming who he was going to be. But he had a great practice today. You don't practice like this every day. He hasn't been in practices like this. Now we'll watch what he does for the next few days."

Ironically enough, Rose insists he's here largely due to just how much has changed in his life between then and now. He pointed to all the work he's done in chiseling his body over his otherwise lost two seasons and the birth of his young son, Derrick Jr., as factors that now give him "more balance" in all facets of his life.

"I really think I'm a special player in my mind," he said. "And I still have youth - I'm only 25. Just doing everything I'm supposed to do in rehab, just strengthening everything, taking it one day at a time and getting the most out of every day. That's why I've been preparing for this moment, really."

So blissful is Rose, he's even willing to forgive those who have trespassed against him.

"I can't get mad at that, man," he said of all those who have dogged him about perhaps not coming back sooner. "People are going to say anything. For me, just try to take and try to use it when I work out. Use it as motivation, and try to prove people wrong. I know how special I am as a player. And I know what I still can do. You're going to see a lot of people change, but it will be funny. It is what it is."

Afterwards a radiant Thibodeau, who also serves as an assistant for Team USA, gushed "we saw the quickness and the explosion in summer league practices. And today, I think he was very patient, and he found the rhythm of the game. I thought he played well on both sides of the ball. He pushed himself. He picked up full-court. I thought he had great technique, great effort, and he ran the team well. So it's a good first step."

Yeah, but one small step for Derrick Rose ultimately could mean one giant leap for the Chicago Bulls.

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