In a spiral without the former MVP point guard, the Knicks just lost Derrick Rose for even longer as he undergoes ankle surgery again.
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose will be undergoing another procedure on his right ankle and a timetable for his return is unclear, the team shared today.
Derrick Rose will undergo a minor procedure on his right ankle today. A timeline for his return has not yet been set.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 25, 2022
Rose has been sidelined for the last two months due to a procedure on the same ankle, and was expected to make his return after the All-Star break. It had been reported that he participated in a full practice this past week alongside another injured Knicks player, RJ Barrett, but the one-time NBA MVP was listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Miami Heat at the Garden.
Before sitting out due to the injury, Rose was averaging 12 points and four assists in a bench role that was seen as a big reason for the second unit’s success in the early part of the season. It was expected that his role would remain the same upon his return, especially with the Knicks and Kemba Walker mutually agreeing to sit Walker for the rest of the regular season as of this week.
New York will now have a major bench role to fill in Rose’s absence with Alec Burks likely getting the nod to start at point guard for the rest of the season. It opens the door to minutes to Immanuel Quickley off the bench in relief of Burks and the potential for Miles “Deuce” McBride to see more action as the season comes to a fast-approaching close.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Friday evening that the procedure for Rose is to address a skin infection connected with his ankle surgery from December. Crucially, Wojnarowski reports that Rose could be back in 1-to-2 weeks.
Knicks guard Derrick Rose's minor procedure on his right ankle today addressed a skin infection in the area of his December surgery and there's optimism that Rose can return to the lineup in one-to-two weeks, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 26, 2022