There’s no doubt that after the trade to acquire Derrick Rose and the free agent signings of Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings, the New York Knicks are going to be better than the 32-win squad we saw a year ago. But to think they’re going to compete for a title is a bit much. To say they’re a “super team” like the Golden State Warriors is absurd.
Rose himself, however, apparently doesn’t think so. Rose, in an interview with NBA.com’s Lang Whitaker, after being asked about expectations for his squad this year, suggested that people are telling him that the Warriors and the Knicks are two “super teams.” Here’s the quote:
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. 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. When you’ve got a group like that, it’s like, alright, I know everybody wants to do that, but we’re going to break this down as simple as possible, and try to win every game. I think winning takes care of every category, as far as being an athlete. You look at endorsements, being on the floor, almost everything — I think winning takes care of all that. And if you’re in the league, winning takes care of all the mistakes, or if you have any problems on teams.
For reference, Golden State, which had Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green this past year and set an NBA record with 73 regular season wins, added the second-most efficient player in the league (Curry is first) in Kevin Durant this offseason.
It’s fair to say that Rose has some optimistic people around him. It’s also fair to say that LeBron James probably had a chuckle after reading Rose’s quote.