March 29th, 2017 New York Knicks veteran point guard Derrick Rose felt soreness in his left knee, the same knee that involved a meniscus tear in the 2012 playoffs.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, decided to hold Rose out of the lineup for precautionary reasons.
Four days later, Rose was diagnosed with a meniscus tear, which involved season ending surgery.
This was certainly not the ideal situation for Rose, given that it was his free agent year. Before the knee situation, Rose was putting up his best statistical season since 2011-2012 campaign.
Rose averaged 18 points per game, with a .471 field goal percentage. He also put up his best free throw percentage in his career, at .874, which was 16 points higher than his MVP season back in 2010-11.
Rose was steadily improving his game season after season, which is why it was tough for Rose to go under the knife in his free agent year.
Over a month after Rose’s surgery, he expressed interest in re-signing with the Knicks, and the Knicks showed “legitimate” interest in him as well.
Six days later, the Knicks no longer showed interest in Rose, instead they recently signed Ramon Sessions to help out at the point guard position.
With the Knicks now out of the equation, Rose needed to find a new team, and even he was unsure if he would get any great offers.
Rose took interest in the Bucks, even saying he would like to play in Milwaukee. The two were supposed to set up a meeting to discuss a potential deal, but the meeting never took place.
Rose expressed interest in teams like the Mavericks, Clippers and Spurs, but they were not willing to bite.
At this point, Rose even didn’t know where he was going to end up, until July 24th, when he met with the Cavaliers.
The meeting went well, and Rose walked out with a 1 year, $2.1 million deal with Cleveland.
Rose knew the Cavaliers well, given that they were in his division when he played for the Bulls.
But how would he handle the bench job with Kyrie starting at point guard? Well… Irving expressed interest in leaving the Cavaliers, wanting to be more in the spotlight. So if (which now is most likely a when) Irving is traded, Rose would most likely be the starting point guard for the Cavaliers.
SO HOW GOOD WILL HE ACTUALLY BE?
Like I mentioned earlier in the article, Rose has been improving his game every season since his meniscus tear in the 2012 playoffs.
One thing that Rose will be used to in Cleveland, is playing with 2 superstars. In New York, Rose played with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Now, Rose will be playing with arguably the best basketball player in the world in LeBron James, and also Kevin Love.
Playing with Love won’t be much of a difference for Rose however. When Rose played in New York, Porzingis averaged 18 points per game with 2 assists. Love, who plays the power forward position like Porzingis, averaged 19 points per game and 2 assists.
The major difference comes with LeBron James. In New York, Carmelo averaged 22 points per game with 2 assists. LeBron averaged 26 points with 9 assists! Keep in mind that Rose averaged 18 points per game with Carmelo averaging 2 assists.
LeBron averaged 6 more assists per game, which means 6 more shots for another player, such as Rose. If Rose made all 6 shots, that would mean at least 12 more points. That would raise Rose’s average points per game from 18 to 30! That would mean he would had averaged more points than his MVP season, where he averaged 25 points per game!
If Rose gets those kind of opportunities this coming season, it could mean a big year for the veteran. And also keep in mind, Rose has not appeared in a playoff game since the 2014-15 season.
Unless a major collapse occurs, the Cavaliers will be a Eastern Conference championship contender, something Rose hasn’t gotten to be a part of. It’s also hard not to say you wouldn’t bring your best game when you’re playing with one of the greatest of all time either.
With all that in mind, why wouldn’t it be a good time for Rose to come back to his old form?