During an appearance on SiriusXM's NBA Radio, Dwane Casey said that he had told Rose he thought he had as good a chance at the postseason in Detroit as New York. At the time both teams had losing records, but the Pistons were 4.5 games behind the Knicks. Time has only made this sound more ridiculous.
“Derrick, you may have a chance here just as much as they do in New York.”
It's been a long two months in Detroit. The Pistons currently have the third-worst record in the NBA and the Knicks are the toast of the NBA town having climbed so high up the standings they could have homecourt advantage for a playoff series.
Casey should be applauded for the way he handled the situation. He tried to sell Rose on staying, but ultimately acquiesced and sent him somewhere he wanted to go. It may not have translated to any wins, but it's the kind of situation where if a team doesn't help a player, it can hurt them as a destination in the long term. That's how you get a reputation that you can spend decades fighting.