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.
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.
New York’s Derrick Rose has suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss remainder of the season, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 2, 2017
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 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.
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.
Could the Milwaukee Bucks be getting a kiss from a Rose this offseason?
Before the Bucks defeated Derrick Rose’s New York Knicks on Wednesday, the former MVP point guard admitted that Milwaukee could be an option for him when he hits free agency for the first time this summer.
“Of course. This is like home,” Rose said of Milwaukee, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Only an hour-thirty away. Easy for (family) to come, but they don’t usually come.
“You hear things but I never take it too seriously,” the three-time All-Star continued. “I understand what they have going on here. But I can’t think of it because I”m here. I’ve never been a free agent. This isn’t the worst area for me but I just want to win.”
On paper, Rose wouldn’t exactly be the greatest fit for the Bucks. They struck gold when they handed the keys of their offense to Giannis Antetokounmpo and would be remiss to move away from that. Furthermore, Rose is neither capable of functioning properly without the ball in his hands nor able to defend opposing point guards. And even in the off chance that the ex-No. 1 overall pick would accept a sixth man role with them, the Bucks already have another promising young guard coming off the bench in Malcolm Brogdon, who has a legitimate chance to win Rookie of the Year this season.
Rose likely will not be re-signing with the Knicks given the headaches he’s caused them in recent months and the max contract he supposedly wants. But with an up-and-coming core of ball-handlers and over $10 million in salary already on the books next season for each of Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, John Henson, Mirza Teletovic, and (if he opts in) Greg Monroe, the Bucks almost seem like an equally unlikely destination.
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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.
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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.
Lot of chatter around NBA that the Knicks might also release Derrick Rose. Would Phil really do that? Clearly, he's not afraid to be fired.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 27, 2017
One theory as to why Phil wants younger players….they'd be more receptive to learning the triangle. Lord help us.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 27, 2017
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.