Derrick Rose hit another setback in his recovery.
Rose, who underwent ankle surgery in December, apparently wasn’t in pain due to the skin infection but was just feeling discomfort.
“He actually went through practice pretty well,” coach Tom Thibodeau said, . “So, just one of those things.”
Rose has averaged 12 points and four assists per game this season with the Knicks, though he’s appeared in just 26 games. He went down with an ankle injury early in their win over the Houston Rockets on Dec. 16, and . The 33-year-old was expected to return shortly after the All-Star break.
The Rose news comes just after the the rest of the season.
That, at least for now, is going to stay that way.
Walker has averaged career-lows of 11.6 points and 3.5 assists in 37 games for the Knicks this season. He’s been in and out of the lineup so far throughout the year, and was benched briefly by Thibodeau in November. Though he returned soon after and had a few solid outings, Walker clearly wasn’t fitting with Thibodeau’s system.
So the two sides are moving on. Walker is on an expiring contract this summer, and is expected to be traded.
While Rose won’t be available for even longer now, don’t expect Walker to fill his shoes.