Knicks acquire a superstar
Knicks acquire a superstar. By: Aron Nafisi The New York Knicks didn’t wait till the NBA Draft to make some moves. Instead they made a bold move by acquiring former MVP and rookie of the year Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. The move left many puzzled around the NBA. Rose 27, the former number one over all pick in the 2008 NBA draft who battled numerous knee injuries and was entering the final year of his contract was sent packing by his home town Bulls. When the Knicks hired Phil Jackson as there team President over 2 years ago, this is the kind of acquisition ownership and the fan base anticipated. Rose was the NBA's MVP in 2011 when he led the Bulls to a 62-20 record and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. The next year the Bulls put together another solid run, only to see Rose going down with a left ACL tear in his knee at the end of game one of the first round. The Bulls lost the series a week later and were done for the season. A big cloud hung over the city of Chicago the following season. The question on every ones mind was will the former NBA MVP play at all this season. Rose started contact practice around February 2013, but no time table was set for his return. The Bulls made the playoffs and even got to the second round with out him but could not get past the defending NBA Champions Miami Heat. At the start of the 2013-2014 NBA season, Rose was back in a Bulls uniform and ready to go. However, just 10 games into the season Rose tore up his right knee and once again was out for the rest of the season. Another heartbreak for the Bulls organization and the fans of Chicago. The home town kid who played one year at Memphis, was now looking at a bleak future. Just 5 years into his career, Rose already with 2 crucial knee injuries. Rose was healthy enough for the 2014-2015 season. The Bulls opened the season against the Knicks at home. Rose put up 13 points and 5 assists in 21 minutes of play. But just 4 months in, Rose yet again injured his right knee and needed surgery. Fortunately, he wasn’t going to miss the season for one. Rose returned latein the season and led the Bulls back to playoff and a first round victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. But the in the second round, the Cleveland Cavaliers were waiting for them. The series went back and forth, but the Cavs were too much for the Bulls to handle as they too the series 4-2. The following season, the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg as their new coach, hoping the new offense will benefit Rose. This season, the injury bug hit the team hard and the failed to make the playoffs for the first time in the Rose era. Bulls Management was left with a very difficult decision to make on Rose since he is entering the final year that will be paying around $20 million. This past Wednesday, a day before the NBA Draft, Knicks President Phil Jackson pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal to bring Rose to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks see this as a low risk trade, if it doesn’t work, they don’t have to resign him. Rose becomes the first elite Knicks point guard in many years. This latest acquisition can be the first of many for the Knicks this summer as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in the Phil Jackson era.