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Derrick Rose speaks about handling the expectations of Knicks fans

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The New York Knicks are a strange franchise. The biggest market in the NBA has a sense of entitlement but has failed to make good on the expectations, claiming just two titles in their history. However, fan demand is still through the roof.

Carmelo Anthony spoke last summer about managing expectations with a younger roster, but it is a new challenge facing the Knicks following the most productive offseason in Phil Jackson's tenure as president.

Having fallen off in the second half of last season, much more is expected from the organisation with former All-Stars and Chicago Bulls duo Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah moving to the Big Apple.

However, their expectations may be a little too high. Their new point guard explained how some fans are now dubbing them a 'super team' alongside Golden State, and spoke about handling those expectations in an interview with Fox Sports.

He said: "They're [expectation] 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.

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"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."

Realistically, there is only one superteam in the east, and it is not the Knicks. Maybe in 2011, but that was five years ago and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the dominant force on that side of the Mississippi River.

Reaching the Conference Semi-Finals would be a successful season for New York, but it seems their fans are reaching for the stars. There's no surprise there.

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