Rose one of 27 picked for national team

NEW YORK -- Last week, Derrick Rose made his first NBA All-Star team. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls star was announced as one of 27 players on the U.S. national team roster.

Rose, who averages 19.9 points and 5.9 assists, joins a roster highlighted by the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant.

The players chosen Wednesday will be candidates for this summer's world championships and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Rose said before Wednesday's game against the Orlando Magic that he's just happy to be a part of the team right now.

"In the summer, I'll try hard just to make the team, try to impress the coaches," Rose said. "And for me to go there and have the opportunity to be on that team in 2012 means a lot."

That said, Rose seems to like his chances to make the team.

"I got a chance," he said. "A pretty good chance, to tell you the truth. I just got to continue to play hard [and] make sure Coach K and [the assistant coaches] make sure I do everything right for them. I kind of look up to them. They're very good coaches."

Rose's Bulls coach, Vinny Del Negro, thinks the experience will be good for his young guard.

"We'll see," Del Negro said when asked if he expects Rose to make the team. "But him being on the select team I think has been valuable experience for him ... Whenever you can get around that type of talent and that type of experience I think it's positive for anyone, especially for young players."

Also returning from the team that ended the Americans' eight-year gold medal drought in major competitions are: Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer.

The remainder of the roster includes young stars such as Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. Also returning to the national team are Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire, who played on the U.S. team in the 2007 Olympic qualifier.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who played on the 2004 Olympic team, also was chosen Wednesday. The rest of the players are almost entirely young players.

The roster includes: Minnesota's Al Jefferson and Kevin Love; Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo of Memphis; Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala; Boston's Kendrick Perkins; Indiana's Danny Granger; New York's David Lee; New Jersey center Brook Lopez; Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook; Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge; Charlotte's Gerald Wallace; and Clippers guard Eric Gordon.

The Americans will choose a group from the roster to take part in their minicamp in Las Vegas in July. They are expected to play an exhibition game in New York before heading to Turkey for the world championships.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.