In terms of basketball, Rose is still solid as an attacker with the ball in his hands. He finished in the top 20 among all players in terms of possessions in the pick-and-roll (7.5 per game) and scored at a rate of 0.90 points per possession in such situations, not far behind the likes of Jimmy Butler (0.91), Goran Dragic (0.93) and C.J. McCollum (0.94). Rose also averaged 10.1 points per game in the paint, tied with Russell Westbrook for the third-best mark among NBA guards behind DeMar DeRozan (10.3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (13.1).
He’s not 2010-11 Derrick Rose — and he never will be again — but he did enjoy a bit of a resurgence last season with the Knicks in the scoring (18.0 points per game, highest since 2011-12) and efficiency (47.1 field-goal percentage, highest since 2009-10 and 47.7 effective field-goal percentage, highest since 2011-12) departments. Running Rose out with the second unit as a playmaker could benefit the Cavs’ “Big Three” down the road, allowing them to get precious rest (particularly James, who led the league in minutes at 32 years old).
“Gene Shue is a clown whose only ambition is to caddie for (owner) Harold Katz,” Barkley said. “I was good enough to lead us to the championship of the division two years ago, before they made all the changes … I have no respect for Gene Shue. He’s just a robot. He doesn’t do his job. He’s just a caddie, that’s what he’s good for.”
After a blowout loss at Golden State with nine games left in the 1991-92 misery, one player was telling Bob Ford of the Inquirer that Barkley “plays for himself,” a notion Barkley would shrug off by saying, “I don’t have to defend myself against anybody. I don’t have time to play games with these Plain Cheap Jerseys guys. If somebody’s got to be to blame, I’ll take the … blame.”
He was traded to Phoenix in June. He had gotten what he wanted. He’d whined his way Rugby Cheap Jerseys out of town.