Derrick Rose’s new number after Knicks trade, revealed
Derrick Rose will wear jersey No. 4 in his return to the New York Knicks.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2021
Rose has never worn the No. 4 in his basketball career thus far. He previously sported No. 1 in his stints with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, he opted to use No. 25 during his first round of duty with the Knicks along with his days with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Detroit Pistons.
The veteran guard was involved in a trade that sent him to New York in exchange for seldom-used guard Dennis Smith Jr. along with a 2021 second-round pick. The swap ultimately brought him back to the Knicks where he was a starter in 64 games during the 2016-17 season.
It also reunited him with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau who already served as his mentor during his past stints with the Bulls and the Timberwolves.
Rose is currently playing in his 12th season in the league and is averaging norms of 14.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 15 games played for the Pistons. He is coming to a Knicks squad that has been resurgent in the early stages of the 2020-21 season with a record of 11-14 for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tom Thibodeau trusts that his familiarity with his point guard will make the transition easier for both sides. Hopefully, Derrick Rose’s arrival to New York will help the team gain a veteran presence in the locker room in an effort to win more games moving forward.