AUBURN HILLS, MI. — Derrick Rose insists he has “no bad blood” toward the Bulls and said that Chicago will see a different player when the Knicks visit the United Center Friday.
“I’m not even thinking about that [game],” Rose said. “It’s no bad blood there either. I understand that this is a business and they made a business decision.
“People I think they’re making it a big thing because of the trade. I can’t even think that far down the line. But I’ll be prepared just like any other game.”
Rose also said Michael Carter-Williams could have worn his old No. 1 in Chicago. When he was acquired from Milwaukee, Carter-Williams chose No. 7 out of respect for the former league MVP, who wears No. 25 with the Knicks.
“I really didn’t care,” Rose said. “That 1 number, that’s something in the past. That was a raw talent, reckless type player. The player you see now I think I’m more mature. I think my IQ of the game got higher and I don’t have to do the things that I did in the past.
“With the team that I have right now I’ll look crazy going out there and shooting some of the shots that I shot with the Bulls, so there’s no need for that.”
Stan: Jennings sparked Pistons’ turnaround
Stan Van Gundy praised Brandon Jennings and credited him with turning Detroit around after a 5-23 start two years ago and bringing joy back to the Pistons coach.
“He saved our season,” Van Gundy said. “He saved my sanity on top of everything else. I couldn’t have gone very many more weeks the way we were going.”
Jennings ruptured his Achilles in January 2015, and he said he “knew” his Pistons’ career was nearing an end when they traded for Reggie Jackson a few weeks later. Detroit dealt Jennings to Orlando last February for ex-Half Hollow Hills star Tobias Harris.
Van Gundy texted Jennings after the Pistons made the playoffs last year, thanking him.
“I don’t think anybody’s had a bigger role in us getting back into competitiveness than Brandon has even though he’s not here right now,” Van Gundy said.
Jeff Hornacek said there’s no plan to limit minutes or rest players when the Knicks complete their first back-to-back tonight against Houston. That could change later in the season . . . Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Knicks’ first game. They beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Nov. 1, 1946.