“Did we miss something?,” Rose’s agent B.J. Armstrong asked The Post. “Is there something going [on] in New York we didn’t see? We all would agree they are on a different timeline than Derrick — a young team with great young talent there and trying to build something for the future. They’re not on the same timeline as players who are a little older and experienced.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Derrick’s best basketball is right now. The Knicks aren’t ready to compete at that level right now. It could be three, four years.”
“You’re a mentor when you no longer can play,” Armstrong said. “This league you get paid to perform. You don’t get paid to be a mentor.
“That kid [Ntilikina] was drafted in [the] lottery. He’s got to play. One of the most coveted things in the NBA is experience. The kid needs to play. The new [collective bargaining agreement] is constructed to build through the draft. … Let that kid play and make mistakes and see what you have in four, five years. Maybe the kid turns out to be Steph Curry.
BJ Armstrong is right. Look at where Derrick Rose is in his career. He is far suited to be the backup point guard playing and living in Cleveland than as a starter playing probably 30 minutes a night in New York. Makes total sense.
The Knicks are really going to miss the opportunity to have Rose come back and teach Frank Ntilikina how to skip games without telling a single person who works for the organization or how to score the most meaningless 18 points a night.
What a missed opportunity.
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