The New York Knicks have two new point guards and a million new hopes. Derrick Rose, the oft-injured former NBA MVP, remains the presumed starter. The electric Brandon Jennings is the backup. The setup has all the makings of a classic quarterback controversy. A healthy Rose -- and he is said to be 100% physically -- is an outsize talent who will remain unchallenged as a starter. Putting it in perspective: Brandon Jennings has All-Star caliber talent, but he will never be a candidate for NBA MVP. In their primes at 100%, Rose wins ever time.
But the thing is, Rose is highly unlikely to be a candidate for NBA MVP again either -- even his biggest fans don't expect a return to 2011 form. Jennings has always been a starter -- and more than that he has always been a star, capable of scoring bursts and leading a team -- as he showed clearly, if briefly, in Detroit. Jennings is also just 27, not exactly the age when he's ready to become a full-time Andre Miller-style reserve, having fulfilled his potential. No, Jennings' best days are presumably ahead of him. Rose was just cleared of charges in a criminal case against him and his mind is free to focus on his next battles. One of them will be fought quietly in his own locker room.Most INTERESTING FINDS on Amazon]