Getty Immanuel Quickley and former coach Derrick Rose have a lot of love for the duo.
The start of a new season for the New York Knicks is near, and there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the team.
Despite missing out on a trade with Donovan Mitchell, the Knicks did manage to sign both Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein, two players who will play big roles for the team next year.
Brunson will be the anchor at the point guard position the team has been waiting for, and Hartenstein will provide some stability at center after watching Taj Gibson play heavy minutes there last season thanks to injuries and the love of Tom Thibodeau for him.
On top of that, fans will find a healthy Derrick Rose next season. Rose’s former college coach at Memphis, John Calipari, stopped by a recent Knicks practice to visit. Calipari was also Immanuel Quickley’s varsity coach at Kentucky, and it’s clear he’s still a huge fan of his former guys.
Calipari sends a strong message
Calipari stopped by a Knicks practice to see his two guys, and he posted an image on Twitter singing their praises.
I had to stop and see my two guards today! So proud of Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley,” he said. “Great players and amazing teammates!! They make everyone around them better!!
The legendary varsity coach, currently 17th all-time in NCAA Division 1 history, has some bold words for his guards, but it’s hard to find much wrong with them. Rose’s presence was greatly missed on the bench last season and that may have played a huge role in why the Knicks stumbled, especially after seeing the committee at point guard they went with.
Quickley is improving as a playmaker and ball handler, so he should get more minutes next season if he gets off to a good start. Rose and Quickley will have big roles this season coming off the bench, and could even start in the starting role if needed.
Calipari thinks both have what it takes, so fans will just have to hope he’s right.
Playoff season ahead?
Rose and Quickley having good seasons won’t be enough to get the Knicks into the playoffs, but it will definitely be a step in the right direction.
The starting lineup in New York appears to be as strong as it is deep, but it lacks a real star. Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle all have All-Star potential, but they’ll have to get on the court and prove it.
Randle isn’t that far from being an All-Star himself, so if he can improve his shooting numbers, he could find himself representing New York.
Barrett has improved every season he’s been in the league, and this could finally be the year he makes the All-Star jump. He’s been paid off this offseason, so it won’t be looming over his head anymore, so all the distractions are gone.
It will be important to see how Brunson fits in, as he will be leading the show. Barrett and Randle have dominated the ball in their careers, so it will be interesting to see how things change with a new playmaker.
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