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Derrick Rose sets NBA championship goal

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Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose has just one goal upon his return from injury - to win an NBA Championship.

The 2011 MVP missed the entire 2012-13 season after suffering an ACL injury against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

But he's set to make his comeback in the opening game of the season, with the Bulls well placed to mount a title challenge.

The Chicago franchise were the Heat's toughest opponents before Rose got injured, and they caused LeBron James and co some trouble in the playoffs last term, even without the superstar point guard.

And Rose is now targeting what would be his first NBA championship next season.

Speaking to NBC Sports, Rose said: "My only goal is to win a championship. We've been around each other for three years already, so I think chemistry is going to take us far in the season.

"But we've got to still take it one game at a time."

The Bulls immediately become one of the favourites for a top seed in the Eastern Conference with Rose back. The Heat remain the team to beat, as Erik Spoelstra's club look to win their third straight NBA title.

But a whole host of competitive organisations bulked up their lineups over the off-season - the Brooklyn Nets added Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the New York Knicks brought in Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace while the Indiana Pacers have moved to sign Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson and Luis Scola.

All three should offer stiff competition in the East.

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