The New York Knicks have had a surprisingly effective offseason despite not being able to lure a big-name star to the Big Apple. Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose have all been added instead of a Kevin Durant or Al Horford. Being a former MVP himself, Rose is still a relatively explosive player, and his name still draws headlines even though he’s not the player he used to be.
New York is in a position to make some noise this year and has the potential to be a mid-seeded playoff team thanks to the influx of talent, and Rose acknowledged to Lang Whitaker of NBA.com that people around the league are expecting great things from the Knicks this year.
“With these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the superteams, and they’re trying not to build that many superteams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that,” said Rose. “And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win.”
The Knickerbockers finished at 32-50 last season with a team that had no identity — offensively, it was feed Carmelo Anthony or Kristaps Porzingis; defensively, there was nothing. They will certainly be better than last year, but to call them a superteam is a stretch. A huge one. If Derrick Rose were the same player as when he won his MVP, yes, they’d be considered a superteam, but he’s not at that level and probably won’t ever return to that level. But Rose — if healthy — and Noah will be able to help the Knicks break over .500 and possibly win upwards of 45 games.
Golden State, however, is a bona fide superteam after they added a fourth superstar in Kevin Durant after a record-setting 73-win season. They have two of the top five players in the league (Curry, Durant) and arguably four of the top-10 when you add Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to the mix.
While Rose may be breeding unrealistic expectations with the superteam remarks, the confidence he has in his new team should rejuvenate a Knicks fanbase that’s been without excitement for quite some time.
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