New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek says that despite the injury problems the team will still consider bringing back Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose‘s history of knee problems continued in his first and possibly only season with the New York Knicks when he suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee with only five games remaining in the season. It’s the third knee surgery of Rose’s career at age 28.By the end of 2016-17, the former MVP will have missed 219 games over the last five seasons.
By the end of 2016-17, the former MVP will have missed 219 games over the last five seasons. Despite all that, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek says the team still isn’t ruling out a return.
He tells ESPN’s Ian Begley that when the team goes over their plans for next season they’ll “definitely take a look at” bringing back the injury-plagued point guard.
“When the season ends we’ll all sit down and try to figure out the plan going forward. Derrick did a lot of good things for us this year. The way he can break down the defense — I think he was starting, as the season went on, got a little more comfortable with that offense. So it’s an unfortunate break for him he has to have another surgery, but I’m sure he’ll come back strong from it. He worked really hard last summer to get his body in good shape, so I’m sure he’ll do that again. When we go over [our plans] at the end of the year, it’s a guy we’ll definitely take a look at and see if we can bring him back.”
It’s hard to imagine Rose back with the team next season. Not with the Knicks asserting that the way a player fits into the triangle offense will play a big part into how they shape their roster.
The former Chicago Bull hasn’t been on board with Phil Jackson’s grand scheme from the beginning, calling it “random basketball” and asking if he “had a choice” as to whether or not he need to embrace the infamous system.
According to NBA.com, when the supposed big three shared the floor this season (it only happened in 52 games) they had a net rating of -4.3. Rose never really clicked with Anthony or Porzingis.
Up Next: The Knicks host the Washington Wizards on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET.