Will Madison Square Garden be rocking again?
Even though the NBA season just concluded last than a week ago, fans are feverishly awaiting for the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. Yesterday, a bevy of trades were made in lieu of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Knicks – who have lacked any type of fervor or momentum over the past few seasons – made a huge splash after they acquired this former MVP. Can he be the one to save the city of Gotham?
Derrick Rose gets traded to the Knicks.
After conversations heated up between the Bulls and the Knicks regarding the 2011 MVP last week, both sides pulled the trigger and agreed to deal the injury-laden star. The Knicks parted ways with Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, and a second round pick. As for the Bulls, they traded their hometown kid in Derrick Rose, after he spent over eight seasons in Chicago.
Derrick Rose: The Good
In Rose, the Knicks are acquiring an upgrade at the point guard position. Despite being marred by injuries, Rose is still an above average point guard, who is capable of creating his own shot. In addition, Rose is only 27-years-old with an expiring contract. He’ll need to perform at his apex if he wants to still be considered an upper echelon point guard. More importantly, if he wants to get paid, he’ll have no choice but to perform at an all-star level this upcoming season. The former MVP and three-time All Star’s name still holds significant weight in this league. The triumvirate of Melo, KP, and Rose is definitely box-office material.
Derrick Rose: The Bad?
While Rose’s gaudy stats and stout resume speaks volumes, his injuries draw massive concern. In the past four years, Derrick Rose has played in only 39% of his games. Besides his ailing knees, Rose has been vocal about playing while injured, something that vexed the Bulls organization. Rose did play 66 games last season and averaged 16.4 ppg. With a decent season under his belt and motivation on his side, maybe he can show flashes of the old Derrick Rose next season.