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Derrick Rose reacts on concerns he’s holding back Immanuel Quickley

Knicks, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, Kemba Walker

Derrick Rose was a key piece in the stirring run of the New York Knicks last season. As he’s done in the last few years, Rose provided an instant spark off the bench for the young squad. He’s like the flavor packet of ready-to-cook ramen. Or something along those lines.

Rose also served as a leader to some of the Knicks’ upstarts, including fellow point guard Immanuel Quickley. While the former MVP is obviously the more established player, Knicks fans are also eager to see the full potential of Quickley. Some even feel that Rose is hindering the development of his young teammate.

The three-time All-Star, however, brushed off the issue (via Alder Almo of Empire Sports Media).

“People were kind of worried about me coming in stunting Quick’s growth. Coming in, I just wanted them to play free and understand that if they get the ball, they don’t have to look for me. I’ll find a way to do my thing while I’m on the floor or try to affect the game in my little way without hurting or stunting someone’s growth.”

Rose will find himself having even more competition for playing time with the arrival of fellow veteran Kemba Walker. The former Connecticut standout, however, already said it doesn’t matter to him who gets the starting PG nod between him and Rose.

Immanuel Quickley, who showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie year, is expected to get more minutes this season. With Derrick Rose by his side, things should only get better for him.