When players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard elected to skip the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the burden fell on the younger players' shoulders to keep Team USA atop the basketball world.
With that responsibility comes the threat of injury. Or wear and tear. Or just overall mental and physical fatigue. That's why so many team executives fear sending their superstars into competitive play when not wearing their NBA uniforms.
Derrick Rose is a prime example of this.
The Chicago Bulls came off arguably the second-best offseason of any NBA team in the summer that mattered the most. Most experts predict the Bulls to finish in the top four in the Eastern Conference. Some even think the team's youthfulness and depth could pose problems for the Miami Heat.
That, of course, is contingent on Rose staying healthy.
The Chicago native has already had some bumps and bruises in his first two NBA seasons, but nothing too serious. Fans are perfectly justified in having concerns about the 21-year-old pushing himself as the starting point guard for USA Basketball.
Yet, that pushing is the exact reason why it's beneficial for Rose to compete in the FIBA Championship. Here are five precise ways in which Rose will be better off for spending his summer in Turkey.