This season has been a disaster for the New York Knicks. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the franchise, and Derrick Rose is just the latest casualty. The Knicks PR twitter reported that an MRI revealed Rose has torn the Meniscus in left knee and will require season-ending surgery.
During the 2010-11 season, Rose was virtually unstoppable, averaging 25 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Rose led his team to 60+ wins and was named the league MVP in only his third season. Since that time, Rose has had three knee operations (soon to be four), two on both knees. All within the space of five years.
Since cutting ties with the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose has had a less than impressive stint in New York. Averaging 18 points, four rebounds and four assists through 64 games, Rose has looked a shell of his former MVP self.
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek spoke highly of Rose saying “I thought he’s played well. The explosiveness that you saw some years ago, you saw that quite a bit this year. The way this season has gone, to have that happen right towards the end, that’s a bad break for him.”
The former MVP might have to find a new home, as it seems unlikely that the Knicks will renew his contract. After the failed experiment of Rose and Joakim Noah, the Knicks must now rebuild around their future, Kristaps Porzingis.
Tensions are also rising around Carmelo Anthony, who spoke openly to the media about the coaching staff and front office reducing his amount of shots per game. This coupled with the fact that the Knicks have said they will run the triangle offensive exclusively next season could mean Anthony waives his no trade clause and we see him in a different uniform next season.
When asked about Rose, Kristaps Porzingis said “I feel bad for him, I know how hard he worked throughout the season to maintain the shape that he has and make sure he avoids all those injuries as much as he can. And to see that happen to him right now at the end of the season, it’s tough.”
The Knicks other big free agent signing, Joakim Noah was suspended for 20 games after failing a drug test. With the franchise in turmoil and GM Phil Jackson taking public shots at Carmelo Anthony, it’s hard to see the Knicks going forward anything in the near future.