This phase of Derrick Rose’s rollercoaster career has been assisted by self-awareness.
The youngest MVP in league history has embraced his role as a gap filler and effective supplementary piece, making the Knicks a clear winner of their mid-season trade with the Pistons.
Likewise, the 32-year-old has been rewarded for requesting a relocation to New York for a reunion with Tom Thibodeau.
“It’s great being on a young team where everybody is locked in, everybody loves playing with one another and everyone is on the same page — which is to win games,” Rose said. “So it’s perfect.”
Rose is still scoring at a nice clip — 13.1 points per game over 24 minutes — but almost always within the flow and without forcing the issue.