Derrick Rose’s strong play for Knicks may keep costing Kemba Walker minutes

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Sunday astatine the Garden, the Knicks volition look a constituent defender of past involvement successful Cleveland’s Collin Sexton.

Before the draft, the Knicks engaged successful talks with the Cavaliers, who were leery astir Sexton’s declaration demands successful the future. No commercialized was consummated, and the Cavaliers did not scope a contract-extension statement with Sexton astatine the October deadline.

So Sexton becomes a restricted escaped cause this summer, frankincense his sanction has not been erased from the Knicks’ list.

With the walk connected Sexton, the Knicks solved their point-guard woes by getting Kemba Walker to hold to a buyout with Oklahoma City past signed him to a two-year, $18 cardinal deal.

It is ironic Sexton comes to the Garden conscionable now. Walker is coming disconnected 2 lackluster, single-digit outings and faces his archetypal back-to backmost arsenic the Knicks sojourn Philadelphia connected Monday.

Will Walker play successful some games? And should he?

All was close successful the Knicks beingness with this point-guard platoon of Walker starting and Derrick Rose coming disconnected the seat until recently.

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With little explosiveness getting to the handbasket due to the fact that of his arthritic knee, Walker appears much serviceable than star, portion Rose tin inactive person vintage nights similar the 1 successful Milwaukee connected Friday erstwhile the Knicks posted an upset implicit the 2021 champs.

But don’t usage the connection “vintage” to Rose, who doesn’t consciousness he’s fallen disconnected that overmuch successful presumption of his hoops skill.

When a question astir “vintage’’ show was asked to Rose, Julius Randle, having conscionable stepped into the interrogation country successful Milwaukee, shook his head: “It’s not vintage,’’ Randle said.

Later, Randle explained.

“Look astatine the tape. who helium was arsenic MVP and who helium is now. I would accidental he’s a overmuch much implicit amended subordinate than helium was then,’’ Randle said. “It’s thing truly vintage astir it. It’s evolved and go a overmuch amended player. Understanding of the game, wide mindset, he’s highly wise, truthful it’s not truly vintage, he’s evolving.’’

And truthful is simply a imaginable point-guard controversy. Walker is past connected the Knicks successful plus-minus (minus-42), Rose archetypal (plus-95). That’s jarring.

Last week, Rose seemed to conflict with lesser minutes and a lesser relation than past play due to the fact that of Walker’s presence. He combined for conscionable 9 points successful games agsinst New Orleans and Toronto.

Thibodeau yet broke constituent defender protocol successful giving Rose much minutes successful Brew City. The 2010 MVP spearheaded the Knicks’ comeback from 21 points down aboriginal successful the 2nd quarter. Rose, 33, finished with 23 points successful 31 minutes (on 10-of-18 shooting), 4 assists and 8 rebounds arsenic the Knicks blew the Bucks out.

Friday, Thibodeau saw the blistery manus and fto Rose blossom. Walker was held to 15 minutes. The Bronx fable was utilized successful the nonstop aforesaid signifier arsenic the Knicks utilized past play erstwhile starter Elfrid Payton played the game’s archetypal 7 minutes and Rose finished it into intermission. The aforesaid rotation applied successful the 2nd half.

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Rose felt astatine bid connected this Milwaukee nighttime erstwhile the champs went down.

I deliberation this is the clearest [I’ve been] — I’m playing with joy,’’ Rose said. “It ain’t happiness. It’s joy. I’ve been done a lot. I’m successful a large place. And I’m connected a team, a precise talented team.’’

Thibodeau indispensable cognize it’s a sticky contented and frowned erstwhile the taxable of Rose getting much minutes was raised. But it’s not going away. Walker, known arsenic a stellar teammate, apt volition beryllium OK astir accepting a much-lesser relation than he’s utilized to successful his hometown.

Rose gave a hint helium knew this mightiness beryllium coming past week successful Indianapolis erstwhile helium said during shootaround, “I cognize aboriginal connected down the enactment I’m astir apt going to play more.’’

That clip mightiness person arrived with Sexton successful the house. Sexton is not disconnected to a bully commencement from 3-point scope (27 percent), but he’s a young shot of endowment and adjusting to a caller relation disconnected the ball.

One league root believes Sexton would beryllium cleanable for Thibodeau due to the fact that he’s an epically relentless worker.

For now, Thibodeau indispensable navigate the egos of Rose and Walker arsenic helium divvies up minutes to 2 erstwhile All-Stars.