Derrick Rose has no plans to leave New York in free agency

Most people come to New York City for the spotlight. But Derrick Rose has found anonymity – and it may be the key to a longterm stay with the Knicks.

The free-agent-to-be point guard has said he wants to finish his career in New York, and explained Friday to the Daily News why he’s enamored with his new home.

“Being in the City, experiencing the way I’ve been experiencing it, and having the freedom that I have. I think it’s only a few places I can live in the States where I can have that much freedom and being here. I think they’re used to the celebrity,” Rose told the News. “And with me – how can I put it? – me like learning who I am as a man, and experiencing everything I experienced, I really don’t like fame like that.”

“I can walk around and be a regular person here.”

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The Knicks have not yet reached out to Rose about a contract extension, but he’s eager for a conversation – “For them to want to do it or for them to want to talk about it, it would let me know I’m on the right track,” the 28-year-old said.

Derrick Rose has found anonymity living in New York City - and it may be the key to a longterm stay with the Knicks.

Derrick Rose has found anonymity living in New York City – and it may be the key to a longterm stay with the Knicks.

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Phil Jackson didn’t give up Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant for a one-year loan on Rose, although there are questions about whether Jackson will around next summer to make these decisions. Interestingly, Rose brought up GM Steve Mills, not Jackson, while explaining that the Knicks haven’t talked contracts yet.

There are other point guards that will hit the market next summer, but also reasons to be skeptical that Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Lowry want to relocate to NYC.

Rose is already comfortable.

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“You still have to go home, you still have to be around the city when you’re not playing. You still have to entertain yourself,” he said. “Playing for the Knicks is definitely a dream come true. But like I said, when I’m done playing basketball, when the game is over, I still want that freedom to go out and enjoy as a regular person.”

The Knicks have not yet reached out to Derrick Rose about a contract extension.

The Knicks have not yet reached out to Derrick Rose about a contract extension.

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Rose didn’t have that in Chicago as the hometown hero.

“I’ve been playing there ever since I was in sixth grade. Winning there ever since I was in sixth grade. So everybody knew what car I was driving. Everybody knew who my friends were,” he said. “You see one person they looking to see if I’m with them. So it’s more like that.”

Rose’s exoneration in the messy civil trial segued to a solid start to the season, which included averages of 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds heading into Friday’s game against the TWolves. Above all else, he’s been healthy with no signs of the knee injuries that sabotaged his path to superstardom.

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Under Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks have favored a pick-and-roll offense over the triangle – which lends itself to Rose’s game.

“It’s getting there, I think, he’s adjusting some, he’s still probably thinking what’s the right play. Sometimes when he just goes out there and plays, he ends up doing a little bit better,” Hornacek said. “But we need him to think about it, he’s not the one-man team scoring, we have (Kristaps Porzingis) and Carmelo (Anthony). We want him to do that at certain times, but then at other times set guys up. So he’s trying to figure it all out, I think he’s doing great and he’s hit a clutch bucket for us a few games back, and when gets to the basket it opens up a lot of things for us. So we want him to continue that and when they collapse on him, make those extra passes to guys. That’s how he plays point guard.”

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