Who is the PR guy for the New York Knicks? I mean honestly, who is keeping track of what Derrick Rose is saying to the media?
Now, for those of you who may not know, Rose has been in the media recently talking about the Knicks and the upcoming season.
One of the most well known, (and one of my favorite), quotes to come from Derrick Rose included the comparison of the Knicks and Warriors; calling New York a “super team.”
And if that amount of stupidity was not enough for you, there is also this little quote brought to you by the great people of Bleacher Report;
“I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare.”
-Derrick Rose via Bleacher Report
Let’s get something straight here. Derrick Rose’s optimism about this upcoming season is making him sound like a fool to anyone not wearing Knick orange and blue. New York is the farthest thing from an 82-0 win team, much less a “super team.” In fact, I don’t see them winning more than 45 games, and would be EXTREMELY lucky if they happen to make anything higher than the 7th seed in the East this season.
Reason why? Let’s look at the team…
At the point, you guessed it, it’s the man himself Derrick Rose. Rose, for those who may not know, averaged 16 points per game during 66 games last season with the Chicago Bulls.
But this isn’t the same Derrick Rose we all knew from his MVP days. Rose is playing on bad knees, has lost a step, and who knows if another major injury is coming in his future.
In addition to that, Rose hasn’t provided sustainable playing time for the Bulls in the previous years. Since the ’11-’12 season, Rose has played in only 166 of the possible 410 games in those five years. I could be wrong, but I think a franchise would prefer their “stars” to be a little more reliable, and not as much of an injury risk.
But what about Joakim Noah? He was the “heart and soul” of the Bulls. Can’t he be the new “heart and soul” of the Knicks?
Sure, he was able to average 12 pts and 11 boards a game during the ’13-’14 season with the Bulls. But he hasn’t surpassed that the last two years. In fact, Jo hasn’t surpassed 70 games in the past two years either.
So, two of your biggest recruitment’s this year have had trouble not staying on the court recently, and have seen drastic dips in production. How does that sound like an 82-0 win team Derrick?
Then, you have the “great” Carmelo Anthony; the “savior” of the Knicks.
Don’t get it twisted, Melo is a great scorer. He’s averaged 21.9 points per game throughout his long 13 year career.
But to become a scoring threat like he is, you need to demand the ball, and that’s exactly what he does. Throughout his 13 year career, Carmelo has averaged a total of 19 shot attempts per game; with many being very ill-advised. With the constant demand for the ball, Derrick will get less touches, Jo will get less touches, and the whole team will go through Melo.
Which means if Melo has a bad night, the team will have a bad night.
And then there is the obvious one, the dreaded defense of Melo. Yikes, the defense. When arguably your best player can’t defend some of his counterparts like Lebron and KD, you are not going to win games.
And Courtney Lee will probably be the starter at SG…… I really shouldn’t have to go to much in depth there.
Finally, there is the only shining light of the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis, who averaged 14 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks a game, came out and surprised the league with his monstrous 2015-2016 season when everyone thought he was going to be a major project.
Porzingis is on the rise in his career. He’s not a washed up “has-been,” or a star who is only great on one side of the ball. If the Knicks were smart, they would build around him for the future and stop trying to salvage something now.
But overall, this team is average.
No wait, scratch that, this team is a bit below average. You have a bunch of has beens that NY is trying to salvage something out of. And don’t get me started on the bench situation. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen.
But hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Derrick knows something we don’t.
Maybe Carmelo will win defensive player of the year. Maybe Derrick and Jo will play more than 75 games and return to their MVP and DPOY selves respectively…..
And then maybe Shaq will win an Oscar for Kazaam.
Seriously Derrick, stay away from the media for a while. You’ll thank me later.