Knicks guard Derrick Rose said he wants the Knicks to use the pick-and-roll more in the team's offense after Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
Rose, making his regular-season debut with New York, finished with 17 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He had missed two weeks with his civil sexual assault trial and is still getting used to working within the offense.
But Rose said, after watching the Cavs, that New York needs to do more of what Cleveland did Tuesday night.
"You see with Cleveland, they run pick-and-roll the entire game and [create] mismatches and close outs, and them driving the ball and making someone else commit and pitching out for a three," Rose said. "That's something we have to keep doing."
Rose also said he needs to improve within the triangle offense, which he'll get the chance to do Saturday against the Grizzlies.
"In the triangle sometimes, you're going to the corner," Rose said. "As the point guard, that's tough sometimes going all the way to the corner and kind of waiting to see what they're going to do on the initial side of the triangle. You have to wait for the ball to come back to you."
It's good to see Rose recognize something that the Knicks' offense sorely missed on Tuesday. Being able to easily execute the pick-and-roll (especially with Kristaps Porzingis) is something that should come with time as Rose builds up chemistry and on the court opportunities with his teammates.
It's clear that being aggressive, making smart decisions and making those around him look good in the pick-and-roll are all positive nuances Rose figures to bring to New York's overall offensive scheme. The execution wasn't there against Cleveland, but the potential for more sure was.
It's hard to go crazy about the number of pick and rolls when Rose is still finding himself in the offense after missing a large portion of training camp.
The league as a whole, per Synergy Sports, only runs pick and roll 26 percent of the time and max pick and roll guards such as Russell Westbrook and Detroit's Reggie Jackson run pick and rolls slightly over 50 percent of the time. You have to run sets other than pick and roll. The frequency will be interesting to see as the early returns set in over the next few weeks.