Knicks guard Derrick Rose will miss the last few games of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. According to a Knicks tweet, anMRI revealed the injury, and it will require arthroscopy.
While it won't affect the Knicks' season much — they're currently 29-47 — the injury comes at a particularly bad time for Rose, who is apparently heading for free agency in the offseason. He has had multiple knee problems since his 2010-11 MVP seasonwith the Chicago Bulls. He missedthe entire 2012-13 season, played only10 games the following season, and missedsubstantial time in everyseason since.
Rose, who has been out of action since March 27,played well for the Knicks in his first season in New York, averaging 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game, even if his three-point shooting percentage was downcompared to past seasons.
Now, the question is, which Rose will prospective free agencybidders see in the offseason — a former NBA MVP who can still consistently score and lead a team, or an oft-injured guard who turns 29 before next season starts?
Of course, Rose can still sign a contract extension with the Knicks before July 1, but both sides appear ready to move on.
“You have to think about all that in the offseason,’’ Rose said last month, via the New York Post. “I’ll be a free agent. Sitting down at the table, I think we’ll have to talk about. I really can’t think about or see how it’s going to go while I’m still playing here.”
Ron Baker and Chasson Randle will split point guard duties as the Knicks close out their season.