Why do people still continue to think that Derrick Rose is the same player he was back in 2011? This isn’t the same player who averaged 25-8-4 en route to the Most Valuable Player award. I’m not even talking about the surgeries, forget those, he looks very explosive on the court and he’s playing without any fear of another injury. I’m talking about Derrick Rose the basketball player and what he does from the point guard position. He’s terrible.

From a statistical standpoint we’re seeing the same Rose this year that we have the last two. His points are down slightly, his assists and rebounds are flat and his percentages have pretty much held as well. The make up of the Knicks those Bulls teams are vastly different but numbers are numbers.

Last 2 Seasons: 41.7% FG, 28.5% 3FG, 17.0 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.3 RPG, 2.9 TO, 29.1% Usage

This Season: 43.6% FG, 28.6 % 3FG, 15.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.0 RPG, 3.1 TO, 25.6 % Usage

The always telling “Real Plus-Minus” statistic has Rose ranked #400 out of 407 NBA players; he’s ranked #74 out of 79 eligible point guards; from a Defensive RPM he’s #73 and #399 respectively. Last season wasn’t any better when he ranked #82 of 85 in D-RPM, the 4th worst PG in the league. So why all of a sudden are people passionately defending Derrick Rose as if he’s one of the top point guards in the league? Answer the New York Knicks factor.

Before the arrival of Derrick Rose here have been your Knicks point guards: Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Jerian Grant, Shane Larkin, Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Toure’ Murray, Baron Davis, Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby, Jeremy Lin, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter and Chris Duhon. That list just dates back to 2010, it’s amazing the carousel of PGs to filter through the Knicks roster. Of course the delusional Knicks fans are going to be elated over Rose.

The Knicks need to start building around Kristaps Porzingis A.S.A.P. He’s an amazing talent and outside of Karl Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis and maybe Giannis Antetokoumpo there isn’t a player I would trade him for. He is the future of this organization and the Knicks better started fueling his development so he can step into a superstar role next season. But when you look at how the Knicks play, and how in particular Rose and Anthony play, it’s not a step in the right direction.

Blame Anthony all you want for his ISO offensive game but I’m equally going to blame Rose for his attack the basket first and not get anyone else involved mentality. Rose is in a contract year and you’re kidding yourself if you think that’s not the #1 focus on his mind. With the salary cap rising and if he can stay healthy, show he’s explosive and put up numbers then a huge payday is just around the corner. Easily he’ll get over $20M per year. Meanwhile the Knicks are below .500 and I’m not going to hold my breath they make the playoffs. The Knicks would be fools (which they are) if they were the team to re-sign Rose. Financially I wouldn’t take the risk, he’s shown he’s a personal of questionable moral integrity and from a basketball operations stand point this isn’t the type of person who is going to maximize the value of Porzingis.


♦ What in the hell are the Milwaukee Bucks doing with Greg Monroe? For whatever reason Greg Monroe is now in Jason Kidd’s doghouse and after racking up a DNP-CD the situation is becoming more and more confusing. After it was announced Monroe would not be a starter I was worried he would be mentally checked out but in reality he has done a good job coming off the bench.

1st 9 Games: 21.5 mins, 10.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 47% FG, 1.46 RPM

Then in the 10th game versus Atlanta he only played seven minutes with 4 points and 3 rebounds and then last night he never saw the floor against Miami. Monroe is being paid $17.1M this season and holds a player option for next year in the same amount. This relationship cannot continue in it’s current state. Either Monroe needs to be given consistent minutes (he is the Bucks best inside presence and 3rd best player) or he needs to be traded. If you believe in the Real Plus-Minus statistic, Monroe is at a +1.46 which is 9th best among centers (greater than Drummond, Lopez or Turner) and 52nd best in the NBA. Benching him does nothing for either side especially when you lose by -23 to the 2-7 Heat.

♦ What the hell is wrong with people from Boston? Their anger directed at Kevin Durant is so misguided I fail to understand why they’re even upset. In no circumstance was Durant going to the Celtics especially with options like the Warriors, Spurs or returning to the Thunder on the table. The Celtics were no more in play with Durant than the New York Knicks were with LeBron James back in 2010. Boston is definitely a solid team, I like their roster composition but they’re more suited for free agency signings to be in the Al Horford tier than the 1st Team All NBA tier. Get over yourselves.

♦ It’s November so with that comes Veteran’s Day and recognition for military service of all branches. The Miami Heat have their Military Appreciation Day jerseys called “Home Strong” which might be the ugliest yet most creative uniforms we’ve seen an NBA team wear. Say what you will about them they are 100x better than the green camouflage uniforms the Toronto Raptors wear for Canadian Forces Night. Either way the sentiments are good and the Miami Heat do a great job of honoring and helping military veterans. screen-shot-112016-3-38-pm