Future New York Knicks Superstar: Derrick Rose?

Nate DeleonCorrespondent IApril 2, 2008

Being a life-long New York Knicks fan sucks.

We are the most desperate fan base in all of sports, bar none. The team is lifeless, there's no passion and it seems like no one on the team even gives a damn.

Isiah is a dead man walking; he is even bordering delusional. I'm paraphrasing here but Isiah once said the Knicks can "win a championship." Quit fooling yourself, Isiah. Ultimately, you're the only one who believes that.

The chemistry on this team is terrible, the cap is loaded with atrocious contracts and if that's not enough, the organization still carries the shame of the sexual harassment case and the Marbury debacle. There is seemingly no hope. 

Unless the Knicks somehow land the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft and land Memphis freshman phenom, Derrick Rose.

Landing Rose will reverse the fortunes of this once proud franchise. He will be the best Knicks point guard since Walt Clyde Frasier, if we are fortunate enough to land him.

Michael Beasely, another freshman phenom, will land No. 1 overall because of his superior inside/outside game and tenacious rebounding, but I'd take Rose in a heartbeat.

Rose is lightning quick handling the basketball, he is strong finishing around the basket in traffic, has excellent court vision, plays tough defense, and above all, is a natural leader. He has a demeanor well beyond his years.

The Knicks lack all of those qualities and intangibles that cannot be taught. I love this kid. I've followed Memphis all season just because of no. 23. It is no coincidence that they finally got to the Final Four this season in convincing fashion.

Lets face it, you know you're in trouble when you have Jamal Crawford running your offense.

I've seen this scenario way too many times to the point where I've become immune to it: Jamal comes up the court, pulls a chain of fancy cross over dribbles (like he was playing at Rucker) and pulls up for a long jump shot early in the shot clock .

There is no ball movement at all, which is what the PG is suppose to control. Don't get me wrong, Jamal is actually one of the few Knicks who I really like. However, on a playoff team, at best, he's a very good 6th man off the bench providing instant offense. 

I'm crossing my fingers that we get lucky this time and land Rose. I've been talking about it for months since it became apparent that the Knicks would have one of the worst records in the league.

I don't get why the word "rebuilding" is never an option in regards to the New York franchises. Look where it got Portland and New Orleans, two teams who have bright futures set up because they chose to rebuild and bring in quality players who are talented good character guys that have chemistry with one another on the court. 

Trade the bad contracts and over-the-hill veterans for expiring contracts and decent young talent, most likely expiring deals since no GM in their right mind would trade good young talent for anything on our roster. Buying out Marbury is a must, especially if Rose is drafted by the Knicks. You sure as hell don't want Marbury influencing that young kid in ANY way possible.

Donnie Walsh just signed a four-year deal with the Knicks to be President of Basketball Operations. He is regarded as one of the best basketball minds in the world. Hopefully he lives up to his reputation.

It is not going to be easy and it won't be fixed overnight. Knicks fans just want some sense of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel. We want to root for a team that plays together and leaves it all out on the floor every night, win or lose. That's a team to be proud of. 

It nearly brings tears to my eyes when I look back and remember what the Garden use to be like when the Knicks were a powerhouse. Hopefully we'll return to that glory with a young superstar point guard leading the way.