Derrick Rose joins a new NBA team next season and the former MVP is confident that they are one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks point guard even stated that they are one of the “super teams” in the league alongside the Golden State Warriors.
Rose told NBA.com that he’s excited that some fans and experts consider them a powerhouse team mentioning the Warriors, who acquired Kevin Durant in 2016 free agency.
Golden State already has stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in their line-up and has made the NBA Finals the last two years.
“They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that,” Rose said in the article.
“And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there. I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves.”
Rose added in the same interview that he knows of the high expectations of Knicks’ fans and that he is impressed with the basketball culture in New York.
The 27-year-old Rose admitted that he sees moving to New York as a “huge opportunity” and that he is already working out early for the new season this summer.
The Knicks have been active in the 2016 offseason signing Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks’ core next season. NBA rumors had linked the team to various star free agents but settled with Rose and Noah, who are projected to start for the Knicks next season.
Derrick Rose has struggled with injuries the past years after winning the NBA MVP award in 2011. Last year with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the regular season.
Are the Knicks a “super team” as Derrick Rose claims? Can New York challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for East supremacy next season? Or will they fail and miss the postseason again?
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