INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was all smiles on Monday at media day when he was asked about his new point guard, Derrick Rose.
Rose, who signed a one year deal with the Cavs, will be the starter at point for Cleveland until Isaiah Thomas is cleared to return from his hip injury.
James is very excited to team up with the former MVP -- something he never thought would happen.
"I'm more excited for anybody than Derrick Rose," James said. "I've been a huge fan of him for a long, long time. He can still play at a high level. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be a teammate of his but I'm happy it happened."
As the third offensive option in New York last year, Rose averaged 18.0 points per game while shooting 47.1 percent shooting from the field.
Rose shot 55.7 percent on shots at the rim and ranked fourth in the NBA in points off of drives — scoring 8.2 a game.
Pundits around the league, however, didn't give Rose credit for having a solid season with the Knicks because of all the dysfunction and losing that took place in the Big Apple.
LeBron isn't one of them, as he noticed that Rose's season with the Knicks was greatly underappreciated.
"D-Rose averaged 18, 4 and 4 in a tough system last year," James said. "It wasn't appreciated enough because of all the chaos that was in New York. That won't be the case here."
Cavs big man Kevin Love, who shares the same trainer as Rose and has worked out with the Chicago native on countless occasions, says Rose is very hungry and looked great at LeBron's pre-camp in California last week.