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Derrick Rose ready for first Team USA scrimmage

LAS VEGAS -- After a fourth straight day of practice, Derrick Rose was asked how he feels on a scale of 1 to 10.

"Eleven," he said.

Sounds like a good time for an intrasquad scrimmage. That's what Friday brings, the culmination of this five-day portion of Team USA's minicamp before an Aug. 14-16 stop in Chicago. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said assistants Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams will use five-man substitutions at the 5-minute mark of the first three quarters and each player will log at least 15 minutes.

Rose appears likely to start for Team USA in the World Cup in Spain with Paul George, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and a shooting guard to be determined.

"When you add fans into the mix and TV and all that stuff, of course (intensity) is going to be high," Rose said. "Everybody wants to show what they've been working on in the offseason.

"I'm not going to try to force anything, just play the way I normally play. Push the ball and put pressure on the defense, and defensively try to pick up full court so I can get my wind back."

Thibodeau will coach the White team, while Rose will play for the Blue team. Thibodeau said he's looking for Rose to take the same approach he has all week.

"He hasn't had any setbacks," Thibodeau said. "He feels real good. Each day he's gotten more comfortable.

"He's playing well on both sides of the ball and each day he's finding a better and better rhythm. He's not forcing things, and the way he's playing he makes the game easy for everybody."

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