The New York Knicks go into the 2016-2017 NBA season looking to improve from last year. Derrick Fisher was the one that the team was looking to coach and guide the team but was fired in February. This season sees a new coach in Jeff Hornacek and two players that are looking to take the team back to the promised land. Here is a small look at two of the new New York Knicks players this season in Derrick Rose & Joakim Noah.
Derrick Rose has had one up and down ride since coming into the NBA in 2008. Rose was the number one selection overall in the NBA Draft of the Chicago Bulls that year. His career started off hot but the last couple of seasons have seen the Chicago native battle knee problems. During the first round of the 2011-2012 playoffs, Rose suffered a torn ACL and that injury has been plaguing him ever since. He would miss the entire next season and then the season after that suffered another torn knee ligament and would miss more time. The last two years have seen the Bulls slowly work Rose back into their game plan but in the offseason decided to let him go.
Joakim Noah was well noted in Chicago for being a hard nosed player. Ever since being drafted in the first round out of the University of Florida in 2007, Noah was a constant defensive force for the Bulls. A shoulder injury last year hampered the play of Noah. He would eventually lose his starting job and then in the offseason see himself signed to a free agent deal with the New York Knicks. The signing of Noah will bring the New York City native back to his home city which certainly will bring out the best in his play.
The Knicks come into the 2016-2017 season looking very good on paper. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will certainly enjoy the addition of Rose and Noah to the lineup. The most important question for the Knicks and the rest of the sporting world is if Rose and Noah can stay healthy. That certainly cannot be said more about than Derrick Rose. His knee will certainly be a focus of all of the NBA pundits this season. When Derrick Rose is healthy, he can contribute mightily to a high caliber team. Noah will have to stay healthy as he will certainly be relied upon for his rebounding and defensive pressure. The addition to the Knicks lineup of Noah will certainly be able to free up the perimeter shooting and abilities of both Anthony and Porzingis.
The New Knicks in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah will certainly play vital roles in New York this season. The most important thing for the team to reach success is ensuring that their new players stay healthy. If Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are able to stay healthy then the Knicks will have a solid shot at making the playoffs.
Better yet, if Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are able to stay healthy this season, the New York Knicks will be contenders for the Eastern Conference championship and possibly a NBA world title.