Derrick Rose was once one of the best players in the NBA.
He went to three straight All Star Games between 2009 and 2012, and was the NBA MVP in 2010-11, when he averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists per game for his hometown Chicago Bulls, which went 62-20 in the regular season before losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Rose was traded from the Bulls to the New York Knicks this offseason, the team that also added his former Bulls teammate Joakim Noah to established star Carmelo Anthony and talented young forward Kristaps Porzingis. While few would deny that the Knicks are more interesting with those additions, no one is pegging them as a team that should compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Except for Rose, that is.
In July, Rose told NBA.com’s Lang Whitaker that the Knicks have the potential to be one of the league’s two “super teams,” along with the Warriors.
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.
Clearly Derrick Rose doesn’t talk to the same “they” as DJ Khaled, because we have yet to see anyone of note make that statement, but fine. There’s no harm in Rose being confident in his new team, but he has to realize it makes him sound a bit ridiculous.
Today, Rose doubled down on his assertion that the Knicks have one of the NBA’s highest ceilings in an interview with Yahoo! Sports‘ Nick DePaula:
“I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ”
82-0 for the Knicks this year. Mark it down, folks.