The New York Knicks had as tumultuous a season off the court in 2016-17 as they did on it. Overshadowed by all the in-house drama and front office escapades was point guard Derrick Rose, who was traded by the Chicago Bulls last summer.
Despite all the kerfuffle off the court, that was nothing to the 28-year-old, who is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”
The Chicago-born point guard was beloved by the Bulls, the franchise he took to the playoffs in his first four years and six of the seven he was there. His only problem was staying healthy. Rose has been decimated by knee injuries, to the extent that he hasn’t played more than 66 games over a regular season since the 2010-11 campaign, one that rung in MVP honors. His regular season was cut short with the Knicks when it was learned that he tore his left meniscus, meaning he’d need surgery on the knee for the fourth time.
Now, perhaps there’s some sort of new life in the point guard after he signed a one-year deal with the Cavaliers in late July. Most will doubt that he can hit a second gear, but what else is new?
“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose said. “The only thing that you’ll can say is that I can still play.”