Tough season for Jalen

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

New York Knicks swingman Jalen Rose sees plenty of similarities between his team and his old squad, the Raptors.

But there is one difference.

"The situations are indirectly the same," the chatty veteran said before the Knicks played host to the Raptors last night. "There's just a lot more publicity going on about it, here."

The New York tabloids are having a lot of fun ripping the Knicks and rightly so. The Knicks might be the most messed-up team in pro sports and, unlike the Raptors, they have traded away their first-round pick for this year.

Nor do the Raptors have a player who has referred to himself as Starbury (Stephon Marbury). But we digress.

Rose, traded to the Knicks Feb. 5 after 21/2 seasons with the Raptors, is 5-16 with New York after last night's loss.

"Both situations are the same because in your 12th year, you want to be on the top of the standings, not the bottom," Rose said. "You never want to be a part of one of the five worst teams in the league and that's where both of us are right now. It's just about being a pro and playing for the love. Thirty days remain."

BIRD DOGGING-IT

New Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo spent last weekend scouting the NCAA tournament and will do the same this weekend as he prepares to make what should be a high pick in his first draft with Toronto.

If he would have stayed with the Phoenix Suns, he'd be gearing up for what could be another long playoff run. And while that would be fun, he is enjoying his current lot in life.

"I've got mixed emotions about that, obviously, and that's just natural," Colangelo said. "While one was exciting and more or less a very stable situation, this is a very exciting situation. It's exhilarating to get into a situation where you see nothing but upside and growth potential and to have the opportunity to carry out what needs to be carried out."


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