Derrick Rose raised a few eyebrows earlier in the summer when he said people were labelling the New York Knicks as a 'super team' alongside the Golden State Warriors.
The Big Apple franchise have made some strong additions to their roster as they aim to reach the playoffs next season, but to put them in the same category as the 2015 champions is a bit of a stretch - the only other franchise in their league is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, in a recent interview during his tour of South Korea to promote his trainers, the point guard refused to change his tone and insisted he had confidence in his new team to achieve something great in the upcoming season.
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"I still believe that,” Rose said. “Like I said, with that 'super team' term, you have to be very careful, I guess, if you’re in the United States.
"But I feel like if you’re in any team in the NBA -- it don’t have to be the NBA, it could be the college level, high school level -- you should believe in yourself and have the confidence in yourself that you’re playing on a super team anywhere. So I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back."
Rose, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis certainly sounds like a starting team ready to make a splash in the east. However, the conference is stronger than in the past - teams like the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will be confident of overcoming the Knicks.