Derrick Rose has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season. What is familiar to Rose, another torn meniscus will need surgery to repair torn cartilage. Acquired by the Knicks a day prior last summer’s NBA draft the Phil Jackson brought in the one-time MVP to rejuvenate a team desperate for some help for Carmelo Anthony. Thurs far, the project has not worked well as the Knicks are currently eliminated from the playoffs with a 29-48 record. Rose’s teammates echoed much support and remained optimistic the point-guard can return with high hopes.
“I feel bad for him. I know how hard he worked throughout the season just to maintain the shape that he was in,” said Kristaps Porzingis. “To see that happen to him, right now, at the end of the season, it’s tough. I feel he’ll come back stronger.”
James Dolan and Jackson will have to be the world’s best salesmen this summer as the point-guard free agency market picks up. Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry can exercise their player-option to become unrestricted free agents. Filling out the list will be Jeff Teague, Patty Mills, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, and George Hill as a few notables.
Another reason why the Knicks turnaround may be tough is the Charles Oakley incident. Players from around the league had spoken in favor of Oakley and expressed their support for the former New York Knick. One person at the helm of support is Chris Paul, who is a potential free agent the Knicks may want to target to pair with his buddy Carmelo Anthony.
As the season wraps-up the Knicks will be missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. What’s next in New York is a prayer to turnaround the franchise impression of disappointment and return to a destination for big market stars.
Baseline Times NBA Contributor