Knicks’ RJ Barrett raves about playing with and experiencing Derrick Rose

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When the New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline, most didn’t imagine he would be this productive and efficient. Well, maybe one person expected this, head coach Tom Thibodeau. While Rose is averaging fewer points with the Knicks than he was with Detroit this season, he has made a significant impact off the court as well.

Rose has mentored rookie Immanuel Quickley and even offered second-year rising star RJ Barrett a few tips along the way. In fact, some of the youngsters are mesmerized by his presence alone, as they grew up watching him at the NBA level dominating on a nightly basis.

“We all grew up watching D-Rose,” Barrett said Tuesday on a Zoom media session. “We grew up watching his highlights.”

Rose has been one of the main reasons the Knicks have been playing so well as of late, utilizing his tremendous court vision and ability to score on a whim to help fuel a recent nine-game winning streak. While the team did fall to the Phoenix Suns, they remained competitive throughout the game, and thanks to a few late Chris Paul magical moments, Phoenix emerge victorious, snapping a two-game losing streak of their own.

Nonetheless, Rose impressed once again, posting 22 points in the loss, shooting 10-of-18, and recording six assists.

“To see how he’s playing now, especially the past week or so, it just shows you how great he is. This is like Year 12 for him and he’s still out there getting 20 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, still out there doing everything on the court. Hustling, doing everything,” Barrett said. “To see where he started and what he’s had to overcome in his career, it’s amazing.”

Barrett is right, Rose has been working extremely hard and pushing his body to the limits, which is something he experienced in the past with Thibodeau. While Derrick isn’t starting each game, he’s earning the most minutes of any point guard on the team, so he might as well be considered their starter.

Rose is playing so well, the Knicks should seriously consider extending him for an additional season. He is currently on a two-year, $15 million deal, which he signed with the Detroit Pistons in 2019. President Leon Rose might be able to keep him around for a fraction of that cost, maybe at $5 million for the 2022 campaign. Considering the value he’s brought and the mentorship he’s offered the youngsters, I would imagine this would be an easy decision for management if he’s willing to settle for one more season.

The New York Giants would walk away winners in these two draft scenarios

The New York Giants have a very unique opportunity to walk away winners in the 2021 NFL draft by simply staying put. With the 11th overall pick, the Giants can let the draft unfold in front of them and pick the best player on the board, which will undoubtedly have an immediate impact on either side of the football.

The Giants could surely target a player like Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons or take one of the Alabama receivers to offer Daniel Jones a bit more firepower on offense. There’s also a possibility that Northwestern stand-out lineman Rashawn Slater could be available, which would give Jones more protection in the trenches. Either way you look at it, sitting still at 11 is the best-case scenario.

Some analysts believe that there aren’t even 20 players in this draft class that deserve a first-round grade, and without a plethora of knowledge, the Giants will likely stick to their guns and utilize their coaching staff comprised of former college scouts and coordinators to help piece together their draft board.

However, there are two scenarios that could unfold that would benefit the Giants tremendously, and either would see them walk away as winners.

The New York Giants can walk away winners in the draft:

Scenario 1: Draft a WR in the 1st and OL in the 2nd

If either DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle falls to 11, the Giants simply can’t go wrong with either. The best part about this draft class is that a potential five quarterbacks could go on the top 10 picks, meaning one of the elite talents will drop to 11. The Giants might be getting calls from other teams to move up, but if they stick to their guns, they can easily take an elite player with gold jacket potential.

Smith is arguably the best college receiver in history, racking up over 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. Waddle spent a majority of the 2020 campaign injured, but when healthy, he has a Tyreek Hill-esq play-making ability and elite speed.

In this scenario, the Giants acquire a premium talent to offer Daniel Jones while landing an offensive lineman in the second round, plugging the right guard spot that was left vacant by Kevin Zeitler in free agency. This is a win–win scenario, in my opinion, solving two major holes and providing Jones with the necessary firepower to make an exponential jump in 2021.

Scenario 2: Draft a top OL in the 1st and WR in the 2nd

If we look at scenario one in an opposite light, the Giants still walk away victorious. Whether it is Slater or USC lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, the Giants will have an adequate year one protector for Jones. Vera-Tucker has the ability to play tackle and interior guard, something that Slater is also projected to do at the NFL level. With such an extremely deep wide receiver class, the Giants can wait until the second round to land a second-tier option like Elijah Moore or possibly even Terrace Marshall.

With such good connections to Alabama, I would be surprised if the Giants didn’t walk away with one player from the school in the first two rounds. Smith and Waddle are two prospects the Giants would love to have at 11.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from the win over the Orioles

Last night the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles for game two of a four-game set. Fans didn’t know what to think after the Yankees lost game one to the O’s. The pitching wasn’t great, and the hitting was lacking. Last night was a night where the Yankees shined really for the first time this season. They pitched well and hit the ball like they haven’t all season. The Yankees mixed a bit of small ball with 3 homers to get the win over the Orioles 5-1.

Corey Kluber was the real Kluber last night

When Corey Kluber was with the Cleveland Indians and got two Cy Young Awards, he was called Klubot. Last night he became the Yankee’s Klubot. He was nothing short of spectacular. He pitched into the seventh inning, the first to do that outside of Gerrit Cole. He used 96 pitches, getting five strikeouts, walking two, and only allowing one run on the night, lowering his ERA to 4.15.

Kluber last night was the pitcher that Brian Cashman thought he could be when he signed him to a one-year $11 million contract. Kluber got off to a slow start this season, but that is expected from a pitcher that only pitched one inning last season. If Kluber can pitch like this in August, September, and more importantly, the New York Yankees will be elated in October. The normal somber expressionless Kluber, when he was taken out of the game in the seventh, walked to the dugout and was greeted by his teammates. After sat down, Gerrit Cole approached him, and Kluber let out with a big smile. The two talked.

The Yankees hit em and hit em hard

Last night the New York Yankees fell one hit shy of the most hits they have had in any game this season. The situational hitter was there too. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and Giancarlo Stanton had home runs in the game. The Yankees also had several hard-hit balls that were caught. When the Yankees hit home runs and play clean ball like they did last night, they win games. However, there are concerns; Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, and Clint Frazier are still not hitting. In last night’s game, Hicks and Frazier both went 0 for 4. Frazier now has 2 hits in his last 41 plate appearances.

The Yankee bullpen again dominated

After Corey Kluber’s outstanding performance into the seventh inning, he turned it over to the bullpen. Jonathan Loaisiga pitched 1.1 innings, not allowing a run and giving up just one hit while striking out 3 Orioles. Lucas Luetge followed with a scoreless ninth inning. Jonathan Loaisiga, with a 1.23 ERA, is becoming Aaron Boone’s go-to reliever that can be used at any time in the game. He is usually lights out and is becoming a premium reliever.