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, an MRI 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 season with the Chicago Bulls. He missed the entire 2012-13 season, played only 10 games the following season, and missed substantial time in every season 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 down compared to past seasons.
Now, the question is, which Rose will prospective free agency bidders 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.
Rose was averaging 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per contest in his first season in New York.
The 28-year-old last appeared in a game Monday against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 27 points in a win. However, the team announced he would not play in the next game Wednesday due to what was described as a “sore left knee.”
After the guard missed another game Friday, the Knicks have apparently realized the issue is more serious than a day-to-day injury.
The team has already been eliminated from the playoffs, and there are only six games left in the regular season, but there is obvious concern about Rose’s future as he heads into free agency this summer.
Knee injuries have been a serious issue for him throughout his career. He has already undergone three significant knee surgeries, the first two of which limited him to just 49 games over the course of three years from 2011 to 2014.
Including this season, he hasn’t appeared in more than 66 games since he won MVP in 2010-11.