If you know the history of Derrick Rose, you know the fact he nailed a press conference is no small thing. Throughout his career, he has phrased things that left a different impression than what he meant, or said things that were left open to interpretation by others. It created mini-firestorms in Chicago — and since Rose is not a social media guy nor is he particularly concerned with people think of him, sometimes those fires were unchecked. This has been particularly true through his years of injuries — he was never malicious or mean, just a little verbally clumsy.
Not Friday, when he was introduced as a Knick.
Rose hit all the right notes.
There are a lot of questions about this move for New York. Can Rose stay healthy? Can Kristaps Porzingis handle more time at the five with Robin Lopez gone? Can two notorious ball stoppers like Rose and Carmelo Anthony co-exist in Jeff Hornacek’s offense? How much will the Knicks’ miss Lopez’s screens (he was the best at setting them by a mile)? Where does the rim protection come from? We could go on, but you get the idea.
That said, Rose is certainly an upgrade at the point. The Knicks got better in the short term and could be a playoff team next season in the East. Contract-year Rose could turn a few heads.