Three months ago, Knicks President Phil Jackson insisted he had no interest in acquiring a point guard who dominated the ball. Last week, he traded for Derrick Rose, the Bulls’ oft-injured former MVP. Now he has two ball hogs who can’t play defense or win in the playoffs, Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
Jackson says the trade will “reinvigorate” Anthony, 32. He also thinks it can persuade Kevin Durant to sign as a free agent. But Durant, who claims to be serious about winning, would be nuts to go to New York.
Can they play with two basketballs? How does this help the development of rising big man Kristaps Porzingis, presumably the focus of the offense next season under new coach Jeff Hornacek?
Jackson gave up Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, a promising guard who is the key for the Bulls. Rose is in the final year of his contract, so the risk is minimal. But he played less than half the games for Chicago the last five years so the odds are slim that he will stay healthy.
As usual, the Knicks are selling hope to a desperate fan base, like a certain football team.