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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Derrick Rose explains why he attended Bulls playoff game

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Derrick Rose was a surprise attendee at Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics playoff series, and he explained why on Sunday.

Rose took his son P.J. to the game and said he just wanted to show him a good time — and experience a playoff atmosphere, which he hasn’t done as a player since 2015.

“If I was by myself, it might be a little bit weird. But I’m with him,” Rose said via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, while gesturing to his son. “He makes it a lot easier. I look at it all that happened in the past. The memories will always be there. My heart is still here when I visit. I just love basketball, so I had to watch.

“I just wanted to show him a good time. That was it. It seemed like a good series and I just wanted to be around a playoff atmosphere.”

Rose got a warm reception in Chicago, where he remains quite popular. Sure, it looks a bit weird, but at the end of the day, Rose is attending a playoff game in his hometown with his son.

Report: Derrick Rose has torn meniscus, out for season

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will reportedly not play again this season due to a torn meniscus.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the story Sunday. There is no word on the severity of the tear or how long he’d need for recovery.

Rose will end what is likely to be his only season in New York by playing 64 games and averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists per contest.

Given Rose’s long history of knee issues, this isn’t good news for him with free agency looming. If he hadn’t done so already, he can pretty much forget about making these sorts of demands once he hits the open market.

Derrick Rose: Winning more important than money in free agency decision

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Derrick Rose might not just follow the cash in free agency this summer.

Addressing the media before Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Knicks point guard said that winning will be a bigger priority than money when he chooses which team to sign with this offseason.

“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” said the former MVP, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”

Of course, a report from just a couple of months ago seemed to imply the exact opposite about the 28-year-old Rose, who is averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game this season. But free agent suitors likely won’t be lining up to max Rose, especially given his inefficient one-way play.

That said, Rose at a reasonable price point could be quite enticing to many a playoff team. Perhaps this allegedly interested party would be able to provide the right blend of money and contention prospects for the three-time All-Star.

Derrick Rose: Knicks’ disappointing season has been ‘messed up’

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The New York Knicks’ season has not gone the way Derrick Rose envisioned.

The Knicks are now 27-41 and basically out of the playoff picture, which has left Rose rather astonished.

“I didn’t care about my stats,” Rose said, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “It was the fact I was coming to a new team, having a huge opportunity in front of me to come here and try to spark something. It’s messed up that it’s gone the way that it’s gone.”

Rose started the season by dubbing the Knicks a “super team.” That obviously was not prescient. They have been less than the sum of their parts, and even the sum of their parts wouldn’t have been as good as Rose thought they would be.

Jeff Hornacek willing to sit Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony in favor of young players

At 26-38 on the year and 12th in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks have been forced to do some soul-searching. But fortunately, head coach Jeff Hornacek may have found his zen.

The Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic by the final of 113-105 on Monday in a game that saw Derrick Rose benched for the entire fourth quarter in favor of rookie guard Chasson Randle. Carmelo Anthony also sat out Monday’s game with knee soreness and was noticeably absent for an over nine-minute stretch in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors the day before.

After the win over Orlando, Hornacek indicated a willingness to keep playing his younger guys over his veterans in certain situations.

“Some nights that’s going to happen,” said Hornacek, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “They enjoyed playing together. They moved the ball and didn’t try to do too much. The other guys stepped up.”

Anthony and Rose are two of the team’s three leading scorers this season (along with 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis). But they do have a tendency to strangle ball movement and take the entire offense hostage as they jab step and go off the dribble. For Hornacek, who’s had his fair share of frustrations with the duo over the course of the year, a more invigorated youth movement could help him find some meaning in the final month of this lost season.

H/T NBA Reddit

Knicks considering releasing Derrick Rose?

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The Knicks explored trade possibilities for Derrick Rose at the deadline last week, but nothing came to fruition. That doesn’t mean he has a future with the team beyond this season, and Rose’s tenure in New York could end even sooner than that.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, there have been rumblings around the NBA that the Knicks could release Rose as Phil Jackson tries to find players who would be more receptive to the triangle offense.

On paper, it looked like Jackson made a number of offseason moves last year that would improve the Knicks. However, his offensive system is not popular among the current members of the team, and that includes Rose.

As trade rumors swirled last week, Rose almost seemed to be challenging the Knicks to trade him with the comments he made about the triangle offense. Like many others, he has openly admitted he is not a fan of the scheme, though that isn’t stopping Jackson from sticking with it.

We all know Jackson wants to trade Carmelo Anthony, and the Knicks president was close to sending Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. Then on Monday, veteran guard Brandon Jennings was released. He was said to be unhappy with the triangle offense, too.

If Jackson does remain with the Knicks next season, he seems intent on blowing the team up and starting from scratch.

Derrick Rose still wants to sign extension with Knicks

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Derrick Rose is still hoping to stay with the New York Knicks.

The point guard said Friday that he has no interest in asking for a buyout and still wishes to sign an extension with New York, despite rumors indicating that the team tried to trade him before Thursday’s deadline.

“I hope so — they didn’t trade me,” Rose said, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “That’s a good sign. My job is to come in and get better every day. You have to ask Steve [Mills, Knicks general manager] about that. If you ask me, I’ll probably sign me for a couple of more years.”

Rose apparently wasn’t bothered by all those trade rumors.

“I didn’t talk about any of that,” Rose said. “I’m professional about the situation. No grudges. No hard feelings about what was going on — if I was on the trade block. I want to be here. That’s how I feel. He told me I was all right.”

The Knicks were reportedly prepared to trade Rose away on Thursday before the other team backed out. That probably doesn’t bode well if he wants them to keep him.

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