The New York Knicks are in the midst of a pretty successful rebuild under the organizational leadership of Leon Rose and Tom Thibodeau. They are surpassing expectations by battling for a playoff spot with Julius Randle as their best player. This wasn’t supposed to happen so soon.
So naturally, the Knicks are Knicksing.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 7, 2021
Here’s a quick little team building note: You don’t want to trade young prospects and draft picks for a veteran that won’t even be on the team next season. Especially when you’re one week away from being completely out of playoff contention and solely focusing on tanking.
Obviously, I love the Knicks and I want to see them win. I’m sick.
But I want to see them win and compete for the next decade and not just for the next month. In order to develop a winning program, you need your potential young stars to like, ya know, play.
Immanuel Quickley is objectively the best shooter on the team. The problem is, he’s stuck on the depth chart behind Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks, Austin Rivers and now Derrick Rose. Mind you, none of those players will be on the team in 2 years except for IQ. Although Austin Rivers has a fully guaranteed contract through 2023 for some reason but that’s a conversation for another day.
Anyway, the mistake with acquiring Derrick Rose specifically is that the Knicks rank in the bottom half of the NBA in both 3-point attempts and 3-point percentage. They added a player who is a 30% 3-point shooter in his career. *sarcastic thumbs up*
So a team desperate for shooters and spacing decided it behooved them to trade for someone else to clog the lane and not shoot 3’s. Ok.
OH, and Derrick Rose raped a woman.
Trading for a player that doesn’t improve the team in the present or the future and raped a woman is dumb and bad and dumb.
Here are the only reasons I can think that the Knicks would do this move
Elfrid OUTTA Here
Elfrid Payton is the starting point guard for the New York Knicks which sucks because he wouldn’t be a starter on any other roster. There are reports that teams are interested in Elfrid so perhaps D-Rose is coming to replace Payton which is fine or whatever.
Neither player can shoot or distribute the ball well but players respect Rose far more than they respect Payton and I guess that means something. I don’t know.
The Los Angeles Clippers
Two seasons ago, the Clippers traded their leading scorer, Tobias Harris, and everyone believed they were tanking. They ended up being the 8th seed and giving the Golden State Warriors hell with a mix of vets like Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams along with young budding stars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezl Harrell.
The Clippers were then able to flip that unexpected success into Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Opposing players have already talked about how much they respect Tom Thibodeau. Most of the league already has relationships with Leon Rose as he was literally their agent 18 months ago.
If the Knicks can sneak into the playoffs and give the Bucks or Celtics some trouble then free agents might finally take a fucking MEETING here and perhaps the Knicks can sign someone slightlyyy better than Bobby Portis.
Knicks are Knicksing
What if I told you that the Knicks traded for Derrick Rose simply because they could and because Thibs likes him but did not consider the fact that they were exchanging him for Dennis Smith Jr—a player that wasn’t on the active roster—and they hadn’t considered that they literally do not have room in their rotation for him without taking minutes from Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.
So they acquired a rapist for absolutely no reason.
Being a Knicks fan is poison.
Also, fuck Derrick Rose.