Derrick Rose has never lacked confidence. At times it’s an irrational confidence — which is why New Yorkers will relate to him.
You’re going to need that belief in yourself to be a little guard (officially 6’3″) weaving your way through the trees of the NBA in the paint to become an MVP. You’re going to need that to bounce back from multiple knee injuries and still be an impactful NBA player. Optimism about yourself and the future can lead to great things.
Then there’s the other edge of the sword. The Knicks had an interesting off-season adding Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and coach Jeff Hornacek to Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Lang Whitaker of NBA.com asked Rose about the expectations that come with this lineup in the rational city of New York.
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. And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there. I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves.
I hate to be the one that breaks it to you Derrick, but when Silver said it was not good for the league to have two super teams, he was talking about the Warriors and that LeBron James/Kyrie Irving/Kevin Love group that just won an NBA title in Cleveland. Even “they” need to admit that’s a better team than the Knicks right now.
“They” must be thinking of these Knicks circa 2011. These Knicks should be better than a season ago, and they have a rising star in Porzingis. The rest of these Knicks — Rose, Noah, ‘Melo — can be pretty good but are chasing the shadows of their past. Rose, in a contract year and finally looking healthy late last season, he should put up good yet inefficient numbers. Just like Anthony. Hopefully, Noah can stay healthy and contribute.
These Knicks will be better than a year ago, but in my mind New York is going to be competing with Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, Orlando, Chicago, and Milwaukee for one of the final three playoff spots in the East (conservatively, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Indiana, and Detroit are locks). The Knicks should comfortably be in that mix, they probably are a playoff team if healthy.
Maybe I just lack confidence in the Knicks and will be proven wrong. Maybe “they” will be right. We’ll see. But I like my reality-based world.