Derrick Rose sticks to his claim that the Knicks are a “super team”
When Kevin Durant left OKC to join Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors, fans and members of the media began anointing that moniker on the Dubs, and for good reason. A team that broke the NBA record for wins with 73 just added one of the five best players in the NBA, giving Golden State the three most deadly three-point shooters playing today.
The “super team” label isn’t given out lightly, so it was curious when Rose made this statement about the Knicks:
“They’re (expectations) high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams.”
I’m pretty sure Derrick was the only one giving the Knicks that title, opposed to this statement.
New York certainly improved their outlook for next season with the additions of Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings. But, it’s more than a stretch to mention them on the same level as the Warriors. Confidence is one thing; this is different.
Social media mocked the idea of the Knicks being a “super team,” but at a promotional event in Seoul, South Korea this week, Rose reiterated his original claim:
“I still believe that. With that ‘super team’ term, you gotta be very careful, I guess, if you’re in the United States.
“If you’re playing on any team – it doesn’t have to be in the NBA, it could be on the college level, high-school level – you should believe in yourself and have the confidence that you’re playing on a super team. I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back.”
Again, the Knicks have vastly improved, and it’s certainly possible that they’ll finish with a top four seed in the Eastern Conference. But, does that make them a “super team”?