Derrick Rose isn't happy about the New York Knicks‘ opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers which resulted in a blowout loss, and he can pinpoint one of the problems quite frankly.
When asked about the team's ball movement and lack of opportunities to score easy baskets, Rose didn't deny it one bit.
Another gem from Derrick Rose on the #Knicks ball movement against Cleveland: "I think everyone knows it was terrible."
— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) October 27, 2016
He is right. Rose dribbled the ball far too much, while only hitting 41.2 percent of his shots. Carmelo Anthony didn't hold on to the ball for six seconds at a time as his teammate Rose did, but he also was guilty of not encouraging ball movement.
The Knicks offense stagnated while they watched their opponent share the ball the entire night, and it showed in the final score 117-88.
This isn't a triangle offense issue that the team's front office has been trying to push for quite a while, but an issue that will come to settle over time. The Knicks starters had not played one minute together prior to the opening night game due to Rose's rape trial that lasted throughout the preseason.
Coach Jeff Hornacek will have his opportunity to find the right balance and get his players on the same page.
The team can't afford to have many games like this out of the gate. If they have a losing season this year, we could be looking at yet another new roster next season.