New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose has high expectations for his new team.
After being traded from the Chicago Bulls, who have enjoyed significantly higher degrees of success than the Knicks over the past several seasons, Rose expects to help New York contend with even the juggernaut Warriors.
When Kevin Durant signed with Golden State to join forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that so-called “superteams” aren’t good for the league. Rose explained that he counts the Knicks among those superteams in an interview with NBA.com’s Lang Whitaker.
“[Our expectations are] high. I mean, 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. 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.
The Warriors finished with an NBA-record 73 wins last season and fell in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs after finishing the season with a 32–50 record for 13th place in the Eastern Conference.