Knicks Notes: Rose, Porzingis, Anthony

When I asked Hoops Rumors readers on Thursday how long you expect Derrick Rose to remain a Knick, only about 15% of you said that he’d remain with the franchise beyond the end of the 2016/17 season. However, in the wake of a Monday incident in which he was unexpectedly absent from a game, Rose tells Michael Lee of The Vertical that he still wants to re-sign with the Knicks, and thinks the team has accepted his explanation for the absence.

“When I was in the room, I felt like they understood where I was coming from,” Rose said. “I hope one incident didn’t change their mind. Who knows? This is a business. If it was to happen, I still would want to play the way I normally know how to play wherever I’m at.”

While it may sound counterintuitive, there are a few reasons why keeping Rose on a long-term deal would be tempting for the Knicks, writes Ian Begley of As Begley points out, there’s no guarantee that New York would be able to find a better point guard option if the team lets Rose walk. The veteran point guard also received rave reviews from former teammate Taj Gibson, who calls Rose “one of the greatest dudes I’ve ever been around,” adding that the former MVP is “misunderstood” (link via

As we wait to see how things play out for Rose and the Knicks, here are a few more notes out of New York:

  • Kristaps Porzingis‘ lingering Achilles issue, which forced him to miss another game on Thursday, is becoming a problem for the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
  • In a piece for, several writers, including Begley, Ohm Youngmisuk, and Kevin Pelton, debate the Knicks’ trade options, discussing whether the team should be a buyer or seller, and whether Rose and/or Carmelo Anthony could be moved.
  • Did Phil Jackson‘s offseason moves make the Knicks a better team? A month ago, the answer would have been yes, but it’s not so clear anymore, Begley writes in another piece. As Begley notes, New York actually had a .500 record through 40 games last season. This year, the club is 18-22.
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2 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Rose, Porzingis, Anthony

  1. It always amazes me how many of the media guys that follow the Knicks are just your classic scum of the earth POS. Most of them wouldn’t have jobs in the media if they weren’t performing a hatchet job for some wealthy loser that doesn’t like the team or owner.

    The idea that a teams media contingent would be devoted to serving the people that hate the team instead of the fans in such a big market is a classic example of how media is owned by rich people and how butt hurt rich people will spend a lot of money to pay back whoever they feel bent them over in the first place. It’s a sad illustration of where evolution leads and how the media, over time, just becomes a mouthpiece for wealthy people with an agenda.

    Are there really people dumb enough to call themselves Knicks fans when all they ever do is trash the team? Do they know they aren’t fans and are just media lynch mobs doing the bidding of the people that hire these dirt bags to whip the mentally weak into a frenzy?

    Are there really people dumb enough to think that Isola, Berman and Bondy are elite basketball minds? These guys can’t even support themselves unless someone pays them to bully people in the press and there are people who think they know more about basketball than Phil Jackson? How can anyone survive being that stupid?


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