During the opening minutes of the Knicks home opener and win over the Grizzlies, Mike Conley was able to lose Derrick Rose for a second and attempt a wide-open layup. Then Rose caught up and rejected the layup from behind.
Flash forward to the 3rd quarter, with the Knicks up by 12, Derrick Rose went one-on-one with Conley and gave us flash backs when he crossed Conley and his new Jordan shoes (he was wearing those roasted Chef Curry sneakers) and then scored on a tough layup. The vintage moment had the MSG crowd oohing and aahing, Kyle O’Quinn jumping up and down like Chester around Spike (for old Looney Tunes fans) and even Grizzlies coach David Fizdale smiling. Actually the Fizdale (a former high school point guard) knew something good was about to happen before it actually happened.
Rose finished the game with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Conley had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 0 steals.
“I’m so happy I got the first (home) game out of the way,” Rose said. “The crowd was in it from the jump. We came out and really surprised them (Memphis).”