Derrick Rose ready for second chance with Knicks: 'Got to make this one count'

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Derrick Rose points for a screen in Pistons uniform
Derrick Rose points for a screen in Pistons uniform

Derrick Rose reacted to the Knicks' trade that sent him from Detroit back to The Garden on Monday, saying that he is ready for the "second chance" that's been given to him.

Rose penned a long Instagram post here, where he explains why it's in his blood to make the most of this opportunity to play under the bright MSG lights wearing the blue and orange again.

*Some expletive language within the post*

"Other hoopers always used to tell me that if I ever had the chance to play in the MECCA go for it. I'm getting a second chance," Rose wrote. "...Got to make this one count. But I'm built for it."

The Pistons dealt Rose to the Knicks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick (via Charlotte).

Rose spent a single season with the Knicks back during the 2016-17 campaign. Over 32.5 minutes per game, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds over 64 games. He infamously went AWOL during that year, too, without giving the Knicks and team president Phil Jackson a reason behind his leaving. He would eventually return, though.

Reunited with Tom Thibodeau and Taj Gibson for the third time in his career -- he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2018 -- Rose is looking to do more with the Knicks, who are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. As SNY's Ian Begley reported, the move for Rose was made to win more games given their current playoff position.