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Derrick Rose: Knicks and Warriors are the new ‘Super Teams’

The forming of Super Teams may very well define this era of NBA basketball.

To win championships, this is one of the best ways to get there. We saw it first with the 2008 Celtics in 2008, then when LeBron James went to the Miami Heat, and now with Kevin Durant headed to join the Golden State Warriors.

Newly acquired New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose would like to add another team to that list.

From a Q&A on NBA.com:

They’re (expectations) 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.

Who’s saying that exactly, Derrick?

No one with any credibility evaluating basketball is calling the Knicks a Super Team. Sure, they’ve added some interesting pieces in Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee, but they’re far away from the Super Team label. They could improve more in the win total department than, say, the Warriors next season (hard to go up from 73), but that doesn’t make you a Super Team.

Rose isn’t letting go of his former MVP self. That player hasn’t been around in some time, except possibly in Rose’s head. That’s the only way you’d be calling this Knicks squad a Super Team, if it was 2011, Rose never got hurt, and Kristaps Porzingis was already the second-coming of Dirk Nowitzki. Put that with Carmelo Anthony and then we’ve got something.

This is really just a classic case of an NBA player who doesn’t understand he’s not the player he used to be. It’s fine to be confident, but to lump yourself in with the Warriors, who will almost certainly be one of the best teams of all-time next year, is absurd.

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