New York Knicks: Derrick Rose still isn't used to the offense
Feb 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks‘ Derrick Rose isn’t happy with his performance at the All-Star break. He’s still getting used to the offense.

The pre-All-Star break half of Derrick Rose‘s season with the New York Knicks hasn’t gone as he’d hoped. Rose’s defense has been the subject of much criticism in 2016-17, but the former MVP cited mediocre offense as his biggest concern.

Rose spoke to Marc Berman of The New York Post, about his stats. When asked what his greatest concern was, Rose mentioned turnovers. He currently averages 2.5 per game in comparison to only 4.4 assists.

“Turnovers. I hate the way I’m turning the ball over this year. Everything else is pretty solid. I missed 3 ½ years of working the game, I’m playing catch-up. Every day I get a chance to play or to hoop is kind of catching myself up to the group. Look at all the other players in the league playing great basketball, I’m just trying to play catch-up to everyone.”

The 28-year-old noted the difference between his current offense and the ones he ran in Chicago. Most specifically the lack of pick-and-rolls.

“It’s the timing,’’ Rose said. “Most of them come in pick-and-roll situations, and that comes with the offense. I was used to playing heavy dose of pick-and-rolls offensively for seven years. And being here and having it once every four, five times down the floor, you have to get accustomed to it and used to it and find a way not to turn it over.’’

When running the pick-and-roll, Rose has been effective. On 358 possessions, he’s shooting 46.9 percent and averages 0.97 points per possession. That ranks him in the 77th percentile of efficiency (via NBA.com).

The change in offenses was a concern when New York signed the three-time All-Star. Rose is a free agent at the end of the season, and the odds of him re-signing are slim, but he could use the break to recharge and cram the offense for the home stretch.

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