The start of a new season for the New York Knicks is upon us and there is great excitement within the team.
Despite missing out on a Donovan Mitchell trade, the Knicks managed to sign both Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein, two players who will be big for the team next year.
Brunson will be the anchor at point guard the team has been waiting for and Hartenstein will bring some stability at center position after seeing Taj Gibson endure difficult minutes there last season thanks to injuries and Tom Thibodeau’s love for him has played.
Additionally, fans will get a healthy Derrick Rose back to cheer for next season. Rose’s former Memphis college coach, John Calipari, recently attended a Knicks workout. Calipari was also Immanuel Quickley’s collegiate coach in Kentucky, and it’s clear he’s still a big fan of his former boys.
Calipari stopped by a Knicks practice session to see his two boys and he posted a picture, which they praised on Twitter.
Had to stop by today and see my two guards! So proud of Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley.” he said. “Both great players and incredible teammates!! You make everyone around you better!!”
The legendary collegiate coach, currently the 17th all-time winning player in NCAA Division 1 history, has bold words for his guards, but it’s hard to find much wrong with them. Rose’s presence was greatly missed by the bench last season and it may have played a big part in why the Knicks stumbled, especially after seeing the committee at point guard they left with.
Quickley is improving as a playmaker and ball carrier so if he gets off to a strong start next season he will have more minutes. Rose and Quickley will play big roles this season coming off the bench and could even step in as starters if needed.
Calipari thinks they both have what it takes, so fans just have to hope he’s right.
Strong seasons at Rose and Quickley won’t be enough to propel the Knicks into the playoffs, but it will certainly be a step in the right direction.
The starting line-up in New York looks as strong as ever, but they’re missing a real star. Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle all have All-Star potential, but they need to get on the court and prove it.
Randle isn’t far from being an All-Star himself. So if he can improve his shot count, maybe he’ll represent New York again.
Barrett has improved every season he’s been in the league, and this could finally be the year he makes the All-Star leap. He was paid this offseason so that will no longer be looming over his head so all distractions are gone.
Seeing how Brunson fits in will be important because he’ll be helming the show. Barrett and Randle have been ball-dominant in their careers, so it will be interesting to see how things change with a new point guard.