Derrick Rose underwent "uncomplicated" surgery for the torn meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday, the team announced.
He is expected to begin basketball activities in approximately three-to-six weeks.
"It's tough for Derrick. He's played hard all year," coach Jeff Hornacek told the Associated Press this past weekend about the season-ending injury. "I didn't hear the real report on it. He'll get that taken care of and probably be back. But he's worked hard (over) the last summer with yoga, those kind of things, to get his body in great shape. Feel bad for him."
Rose played in 64 games this season and averaged 18 points per game. He is set to become a free agent in the offseason.
April 2: A team should never wish an injury upon one of its players, but Rose's torn meniscus should come as a relief to the Knicks. This latest injury will cap his season games total at 64, actually two fewer than he appeared in last campaign. Some of his absences were attributed to off the court happenings. Still, this injury will likely shake any momentum Rose had going for him into the offseason. Alas, New York should no longer be as tempted to explore a retaining of his services.
Despite the injuries, Rose's 18 points per game were his most since the 2011-12 season. He shot a career-high 87 percent from the charity stripe and his 47 percent shooting from the field was his best mark since 2008-09. Still, he failed to step up as the player the Knicks needed him to be.
There's so much to like when it comes to his aggression around the basket, but this team clearly needs more of a facilitator. It is not second nature for Rose to get his teammates involved. His penetrating ability could be used to open up the floor for others, but Rose doesn't take advantage like that. Instead of taking his time and controlling the tempo better, Rose can be erratic -- leaving his feet off passes.
Rose's absence (combined with New York's decision to waive Brandon Jennings earlier this season) has helped shed light on how weak this team really is at the point guard position. Ron Baker is fundamentally sound on defense, but it's simply not in his range of capability to run an offense. Baker can't penetrate, isn't agile enough to catch defenders off guard, and is clearly a much better threat playing off the ball.
As for Chasson Randle, he's more of a sparkplug who is used to looking for his own offense. As a young player still fine-tuning his skills, Randle's overzealous nature often leads to careless turnovers. Neither player should be expected to play a centralized role this early on (if at all).
Finding a veteran starting floor general may prove to be too pricey in this summer's free agent market. If the Knicks aren't seriously competing, spending all that money isn't necessary. Rose's health concerns and inability to fit the Knicks' most pressing need would make more of an investment an ill-advised move.
This year's draft class is littered with pass-first guards and prospects who can cut through the lane. Adding one of those options to this core would give them all a chance to grow together. The Knicks need to provide nutrients in the form of playing time, patience, and realistic expectations. Rose's departure will be a chance for a new beginning. New York should take it.