Derrick Rose took advantage of his first start of the season at point guard in the first season.
Rose started the Knicks’ 140-point outburst by ripping the basket and converting a leftie runner from the glass. Knox never stopped scoring in the first game and Elfried Payton missed this season.
Will it be a point guard torch or just a one night stand? Rose scored 18 points, scoring his first six shots in the Knots’ 140–121 win over the illustrious Kings on Thursday at Festival Gardens.
Remember when Rose came? Tom Thibodo’s first comment would come off the bench “initially”.
Patton had anointed the starter by sitting alongside the hamstrings he acquired this month and Rose – his first Knights debut since the 2016–17 season when he was with the team.
However, the 32-year-old Rose has started 618 games in his career before he was on a 25-minute ban with Detroit.
“It’s not difficult,” Rose said before the game. “It’s Russian. It’s still basketball, bro. Giving people the ball where they want the ball. Thibus will take us to a great place to get ready under certain circumstances and my job is just to keep the ball moving, so whenever I can and just play my game, I’ll build pressure. I don’t think I have to uproot it. I have been there most of my career. So it should not be very difficult. ”
Former Knicks coach David Fizdale will always wonder what the previous season would have looked like if Peptone didn’t stretch his hamstring in the fifth game of the season. Fitzdale was 4–18 by the time Patton returned after an 18-game absence and was fired after Peyton’s first rusty game.
This is quite different for Peyton in his second season as Knock. He has been an Ironman, playing in the first 32 matches before Thursday.
The pept was a game-time decision, but was discontinued after taking a free throw an hour before tipoff. He is averaging 12.4 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7.1 percent on 44.1 percent shooting.
Payton Hamstring starred in the game against Golden State on Tuesday. He is durable and effective – catching Rosie in front of him before crying for Rosie Immanuel Quickley.
“In terms of Elfred’s value to the team, we’ve seen it,” Thibodo said. “Their strengths are different than some others – their size, ability to defend the ball and ability to get in the paint, they are invaluable to use. They have had a great season.”