However, Derrick Rose has been away from the Knicks for the past week and a half due to health and safety protocols. The Chicago native had to leave the team after receiving devastating news.
Derrick Rose was playing well before he left the Knicks
Derrick Rose was averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists for the Knicks in 10 games before leaving the team. He was putting up 16.3 points and 7.3 assists as a starter and running the offense well.
The Knicks struggle to score the ball. They only average 105.2 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. That’s why Leon Rose and Tom Thibodeau made the Rose trade with the Pistons. The former Rookie of the Year is still one of the best scoring guards in the NBA despite undergoing four knee surgeries.
With Rose in the starting lineup, the Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, and Pistons. New York is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings and has played more exciting basketball since acquiring Rose.
Before the Knicks’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 2, the team announced that Derrick Rose was out due to the league’s health and safety protocol. While it was initially believed that Rose had a few inconclusive COVID-19 tests, it has now been revealed that the former Chicago Bulls superstar was dealing with a personal matter.
Derrick Rose suffered a death in his inner circle
Derrick Rose’s absence from the Knicks is related to a death in his inner circle. The three-time All-Star had to leave New York City to attend the funeral of Langston Hampton.
This is tragic news for Rose. It’s unclear at this time how Hampton died. Langton’s older brother, Randall, played high school basketball with Rose at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois.
Rose will have to test negative for COVID-19 for six consecutive days before he’s cleared to return to team activities. He has already been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks need Derrick Rose to play at a high level if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. However, everyone inside the organization will understand if Rose initially struggles once he returns to the lineup since he’s lost a close friend.
Will the Knicks make a move at the trade deadline?
The Knicks need more shooting and scoring, so it will be interesting to see if Leon Rose makes another trade with the trade deadline coming up. New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard J.J. Reddick would be a good fit for New York since he’s one of the top 3-point shooters in NBA history.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers buy out Andre Drummond, the Knicks would be interested in signing him even though they have Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel. The Cavs hope to find a trade partner for Drummond so they can get something in return.
It’s unknown when Derrick Rose will play for the Knicks again. While New York fans can’t wait to see the explosive guard back on the floor, they certainly hope Rose is doing good mentally after suffering a tragic death in his inner circle.
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