THE SAME GUY

Red Eye Chicago - - Sports -

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.

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