NY Knicks: 3 reasons why Leon Rose deserves Executive of the Year award

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NY Knicks, Leon Rose
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Leon Rose trading for Derrick Rose changed the NY Knicks’ season outlook

Imagine trading a 2nd round pick that’ll be near the end of the next draft and a player who really isn’t all that good at basketball and receiving back arguably the 3rd best player on the playoff-bound team.

That’s exactly what happened when the Knicks traded a 2021 2nd and Dennis Smith Jr for Derrick Rose.

As his Knicks tenure has grown, so have his minutes as well as the impact he’s had on the floor.

Leon Rose and Co. saw that they may have something special brewing with this Knicks team early on, and when Coach Thibs came asking for an upgrade at point guard, Leon answered.

Acquiring Derrick Rose for next to nothing is just the type of move we as fans should all come to expect from this front office from here on forward.

The team has been exponentially better with D-Rose than without.

The team has a 19-8 record since the acquisition and Rose has played a massive role in their success thus far.

For example, without Rose, the Knicks probably wouldn’t have put up as good a fight against the Suns earlier this week.

He finished the game with 22 points, 6 boards, and 6 dimes but some of those buckets were in clutch moments as were some of the assists he dished out.

I could see the Knicks opting to not bring Rose back at the end of this season but in all likelihood, he will be back next year and will continue to pay dividends on the trade we sent to Detroit for his services.

Whether he is back or not, this is yet another feather in Leon’s cap.

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