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#pounditMonday, April 12, 2021

Derrick Rose: Knicks are ‘super team’ like the Warriors

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The concept of a “super team” has become much more popular in the NBA in recent years, and no team encapsulates it quite like the Golden State Warriors now that they have added Kevin Durant. But there’s another team that falls under that same umbrella, according to Derrick Rose.

The New York Knicks.

In a recent interview with NBA.com’s Lang Whitaker, Rose was asked about the expectations in The Big Apple now that the Knicks have acquired him, Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings.

“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,” Rose said. “And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win.”

Not so sure that’s what the commissioner meant, Derrick.

Silver recently expressed concern over the way the collective bargaining agreement has allowed teams to sign multiple superstars, saying that Durant going to Golden State is not a good thing for the league. He mentioned that the NBA now has “two super teams” that everyone else is left looking up at. Surely, he was referring to the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves,” Rose added. “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.”

It doesn’t seem like Rose intended for his comment to sound cocky. Perhaps he truly believes people are calling the Knicks a super team, but that’s not the case. If Rose and Carmelo Anthony can stay healthy, the Knicks should be a lock for the playoffs. But as of now, they may not even be one of the two or three best teams in the Eastern Conference.

H/T The Big Lead

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