Drafted 1st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, Derrick Rose has been an enigma since entering the NBA. He was drafted by his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls and quickly made a name for himself in the league. Averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, and nearly 4 rebounds a game, Derrick Rose was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008 followed by NBA MVP Award in his third NBA season. Derrick Rose is the youngest in NBA history to win the NBA MVP award.
Following his MVP season, Derrick Rose has since battled injuries and his relationship with the Bulls began to deteriorate. Season after season, Rose found himself missing games due to injuries and never being able to get that bounce back that he originally had. At the end of the 2015-2016 NBA season, Derrick Rose was traded from his hometown team to the New York Knicks in a package deal that allowed the Knicks to bring in him and Justin Holiday.
Entering this season, fans hoped the “Rose experiment” would pan out and he could be the point guard of a Knicks team that hasn’t seen a good point guard in years. Unfortunately thats not what this season has been. Knowing Derrick Rose wouldn’t be the MVP he once used to be, fans still hoped he would help the Knicks be able to make the playoffs. Looking at where the Knicks stand now, it is highly unlikely that they make the playoffs. They are almost a lock in to receive a top five draft pick.
With Derrick Rose’s guaranteed $20 Million contract, it would be best if the Knicks let him go and continue to rebuild around Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. If he stays, which many people still would like to see, including myself, he must be able to commit to the triangle offense. This is the offense that Phil Jackson wants to run in NY and the current players have had a hard time understanding this concept. The Knicks need to do whats best for the organization and if its the triangle offense they’re sticking to, then they must find players committed to running it.