Can the New York Knicks shake things up in the Eastern Conference?

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Derrick Rose is clearly looking forward to pulling on the New York Knicks jersey and starting the new season and a fresh chapter in his career.

Just from listening to the point guard during the course of the summer, he seems rejuvenated and has high expectations for his new team. 

Along with the 2011 MVP - whom they acquired from the Chicago Bulls via a trade - the Knicks signed Joakim Noah in free agency and will pair the duo alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis for the next campaign. 

On paper, that is a talented group of players put together by Phil Jackson at Madison Square Garden. However, the game isn't played on paper. 

Just how they will gel on the court will be one of the fascinating things to see next year. 

Knicks fans may be cautious going into the 2016/17 campaign, but Rose certainly hasn't taken any pressure off himself and his new teammates, claiming that they are now a 'super team' just like the Golden State Warriors. 

When asked what his expectations were, speaking to, he replied: “They’re 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.

"You’ve got Brandon (Jennings) 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 (Noah) has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves.”

The former Bulls guard is certainly not short on confidence. He recently followed up that comment by stating that the Knicks have a chance to win every game next year. 

“It’s a new start," he said. "I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare.”

D.Rose's confidence in his new franchise is admirable, but can they really challenge the top teams in the east?


They will have the chance to make a statement immediately when the new NBA season kicks off as they'll visit the defending champions the Cleveland Cavaliers, the dominant force in the conference. 

The Knicks have the talent to make the playoffs, that should be their minimum aim. At this stage, though, they are not a super team and will encounter teething problems initially which is normal. 

Much will lie on the ability of Jeff Hornacek to create a system and a style of play to suit the talents he has at his disposal. 

To expect the team to win immediately is unrealistic and despite Rose's words, expectations should be tempered.

Fresh off winning a third Olympic gold medal and becoming the most decorated player in the history of Team USA basketball, Carmelo will be hungry to transfer his international success into the NBA. 

“I think the time is now for us, for the Knicks,” Anthony said speaking to the New York Daily News. “I think the time is now for the city, the fans. I think the time is now. Everybody’s been tired of waiting and waiting and waiting.

“Now is a time when we can go out there and put a competitive team out there and play. For me the time is now. For us as a city, as an organisation, that should be the mindset — the time is now.”

At the age of 32, time is certainly running out for Melo to finally win a ring. His former college coach at Syracuse Jim Boeheim said this week that the nine-time All-Star is "unlikely to win an NBA title".

It's down to Anthony and his new-look team to prove him and the doubters wrong and bring success back to the Big Apple. New York basketball needs it. 

New York Knicks
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