THE SAME GUY
Derrick Rose played in 66 games for the Bulls in 2015-16, the most since playing in 81 in 201011. He has missed five of the Knicks’ 38 games this season, including four because of injury. The point guard’s minutes have stayed consistent from last year to this year, and his numbers show he’s somewhat comfortable with his new surroundings. And while his 3-point percentage is down, his accuracy on field goals and free throws is up.
Even if the report in the New York Daily News is true and Rose has been struggling with his commitment to basketball in general, notifying the Knicks of his whereabouts should have been a no-brainer.
And a fresh start after a string of injuryplagued seasons in Chicago should have been just what Rose needed. Judging by the (headscratching) boos that rained down on him when the Knicks played at the United Center in November, some fans were frustrated with the lack of results while he was a Bull.
Before this week, Knicks fans likely harbored no such misgivings. They had to be hoping that adding a potentially explosive point guard to a roster with stars Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis would vault them into the NBA title picture. And while the Knicks should find it encouraging that Rose’s stats (17.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, as of Wednesday afternoon) are stable compared to last year, they have to be questioning any future investment—he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season.
In Chicago, emotionally investing in Rose has become a dicier proposition. Which is a shame, because it definitely didn’t have to be that way.