Derrick Rose Plans to Start Shooting Threes in the Playoffs

by March 03, 2017
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Jeff Hornacek is pushing his point guard to join the modern NBA and start hoisting up three-pointers, and Derrick Rose has designs on doing just that … once the postseason rolls around.

Rose, a career 29.9 percent shooter from behind the arc currently attempting just 1.1 threes a night, says he’s ready to make the necessary “sacrifice.”

The New York Knicks never cease to amaze.

Per Newsday:

“I’m trying to put pieces of my game together,” Rose said Thursday after practice at Temple University. “You see I’m not shooting threes yet, but hopefully, [I’ll] start shooting them in the playoffs. It’s going to take a lot of sacrifice and dedication to get there, but I’m just adding pieces of my game throughout the season.”

 

But after a big, necessary win over the Magic on Wednesday night — spurred in part by Rose’s 19 points — the Knicks find themselves in the unexpected position of still sort of having a shot at the playoffs. And that means Rose is in the even more unexpected position of trying to find a way for the Knicks to win if they get there.

 

“That’s where I think the pressure from point guards in this league comes [from],” Hornacek said. “Derrick can get to the basket at will, so they play behind and try to clog the lane. If he can knock down those threes, then what’s a team going to say? ‘What do we do?’ That makes it even more effective. […] We’re kind of encouraging him to take a look at it, see it on tape, look how these guys go behind, and if you can shoot that three, [shoot it] — he shoots them pretty well in practice.”

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