It has been evidently clear over the summer that Derrick Rose is extremely excited to begin the next chapter in his career as a New York Knicks player.
The Chicago native left the Bulls after being traded to the Knicks in June following seven seasons with his hometown team.
Since making the switch to the Big Apple, the usually subdued 27-year-old has been more accessible to the media and willing to give interviews on a regular basis and has certainly come out of his shell somewhat.
One of the reasons for that is down to the buzz he has created in New York and the love and appreciation he is already getting from Knicks fans, something he says he didn't always feel in Chicago.
Speaking to the National Basketball Players' Association, Rose said: "I was feeling a lot of love [in New York]. You feel that a little bit in Chicago, but it's not on that level of New York, so it kind of makes you anxious to actually get on the court.
"It's, like, 'Man, they're excited that I'm actually there.' I haven't even picked up a ball yet, I haven't made a basket yet, and I can only imagine how they're going to act when we start winning.
"It's a basketball culture there that's missing. Our job is to bring that excitement back to the city. And it's different playing there than actually being on the team, like the crowd there oohs and aahs for the little moves that you do when you're on the opposing team. But when you're on their team, they ooh and aah with everything."
The 2011 MVP's comments can certainly be construed as a dig at his old fans in the Windy City, which will only add more fuel to the fire when the two teams go head to head next season.
With the addition of Joakim Noah in the offseason, the battles between the Knicks and the Bulls will definitely have a different edge to them and could become one of the rivalries to watch out for in the upcoming regular season.
Fans of both teams, and neutrals, will not have to wait long for this encounter as they'll meet at Madison Square Garden on November 4.