Derrick Rose’s major Kemba Walker declaration for Knicks’ 2021-22 season
New York Knicks Media Day is underway, which means it’s time to hear about how hard all of the players have been working this summer and how ready they are for the season ahead. All of the platitudes.
But Derrick Rose is a straight shooter, and he dropped a bombshell to start his media availability, even if it was one that was largely expected among the fan base and media:
Derrick Rose on Kemba Walker and the point guard rotation:
"He's starting. I'm doing whatever it takes to change the game, I'm not worried about minutes" pic.twitter.com/YiAMQetRv1
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) September 27, 2021
So that answers that. It appears there won’t be a point guard controversy in New York heading into the season for the first time since the Stephon Marbury years. Kemba Walker will be the starting point guard, and in an ideal world, Derrick Rose will probably fill every minute at point guard that Walker isn’t on the floor.
It makes sense that Rose would be completely receptive to coming off the bench as well. He ended last season as a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year thanks in large part to his time with the Knicks after being traded over from Detroit, averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds on blistering .487/.411/.883 shooting splits.
Having two players capable of starting at the point should be a boon for the Knicks, however, along with having burgeoning second-year guard Immanuel Quickley on the roster. Both Walker and Rose have had their issues with knee injuries in the past — in fact, Walker missed 29 of the Celtics’ 72-game slate last year while recovering from stem cell therapy to his left knee. Rose likewise missed some time after coming to the Knicks, though his absence was related to COVID-19 protocols.
With training camp opening Tuesday, there’s plenty of intrigue about how minutes are going to shake down in New York, particularly at the wing and center spots. Based off Rose’s comments, it seems like any debate over point guard playing time can be put to bed.