Derrick Rose says he expects to be appreciated more by the Knicks' fans

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Derrick Rose - still the youngest MVP in NBA history - completed his blockbuster trade from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks this week in a deal that involved five players and other assets.

The point guard has not lived up to the lofty expectations he set during his VP year back in 2011. A handful of knee surgeries has left his career teetering on the edge of irrelevancy.

However, at just 27-years-old, Rose has plenty of time to rediscover his best days. The Knicks have taken a chance, but with what they gave up and the options they had, it's quite a smart one.

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After failing to deliver on his potential in the Windy City, Rose believes his new start will see him garner the affection he deserves in the Big Apple.

Rose said: “I’m grateful to be where I’m at. I could have been anywhere. I’m not saying all the other teams are bad places but to be in this market … I feel like (fans are) going to appreciate me a little bit more.

“I feel like I’m great right now,” continued Rose, talking about his physical condition. “Where I came from, as far as just getting through my rehabs and just having the opportunity to just play basketball; I feel like that’s the only thing I was missing these last couple of years was my rhythm.

The Knicks now have the young Kristaps Porzingis, multiple-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony in addition to Rose in their starting five.

With rumours circulating they may target Rose's ex-teammate Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard to man the five spot, the Knicks are suddenly extremely interesting.

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