Derrick Rose refuses to take back 'superteam' comments
Derrick Rose said he still believes that his New York Knicks squad is a "superteam" and refused to back off of those comments.
Rose made his comments this week during a trip to Seoul, South Korea to promote his new sneakers.
Last month, Rose said he believed that the Knicks and the Golden State Warriors were "superteams" after Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors following nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"Like I said, with that superteam term, you have to be very careful, I guess, if you’re in the United States," Rose said. "But I feel like if you’re in any team in the NBA—it don’t have to be the NBA, it could be the college level, high school level—you should believe in yourself and have the confidence in yourself that you’re playing on a superteam anywhere. So I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back."
Rose says that his new team will have more options on offense and that everyone will get their fair share of touches.
"With the Bulls, we had more options too but the offense really went through me and Jimmy [Butler],” Rose said. “With the Knicks, we have [Kristaps Porzingis], we have [Carmelo Anthony], we have [Joakim Noah] rolling to the rim. We’ve got Courtney [Lee].”
The Knicks have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, and will be led this season by new coach Jeff Hornacek.
"We have to go in, and we have to prove something," he said. "All of us want to prove something. Bringing a group like that together can be very dangerous if we all come together the right way."
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