Following Monday’s absence debacle, Rose has now put the team’s front office in quite the predicament. Prior to the start of the season, the Knicks had two worries — his health and his lawsuit.
The Chicago native has not fallen victim to injury despite logging 32 minutes per game, his civil suit looks to be a thing of the past, but now the front office has his mental fortitude to be concerned about amid his decision to take off from the team, missing Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans without warning anyone in the organization of his whereabouts.
“It had nothing to do with the team or basketball,” Rose told ESPN’s Ian Begley. “That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally, and I had to be with my family.”
Regardless of the reason, the last thing an employer wants is an unreliable employee — this goes tenfold when it comes to being the guy that runs the offense for the team.
Members of the organization have used the word “embarrassment” to describe how this ordeal played out, grabbing headline after headline in local newspapers and everywhere on the internet.
What’s worthy of consideration is Rose’s potential price tag. Some close to the Chicago native have told friends he’s likely to seek a max contract this summer — for someone of Rose’s caliber, that contract could be for five years and reaching nearly $150 million.
The Knicks would need to use almost all of their cap space to sign him to a max offer if they chose to keep him with the team.
Monday’s gaffe just gives the Knicks yet another reason not to sign him as the cons vastly outweigh the pros — a bad rap off the court, a history of injuries, and now lack of mental awareness, which mind you, is a very basic working skill — it just doesn’t cut it.
Derrick Rose has put up solid numbers, but not anywhere near All-Star worthy, making a $30 million per year deal that much more inexcusable. While 17.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds are above average stats for a player at his position, his poor defensive effort hardly merits the $150 million he’s hoping to garner come summer.