Q: Knicks fans always have high expectations, sometimes maybe not even grounded in reality over the years. Before last season, Melo came out on media day and talked about managing expectations with such a young team. But with this roster now and all these veterans, what should the expectations be for the Knicks?
ROSE: 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. 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. When you’ve got a group like that, it’s like, alright, I know everybody wants to do that, but we’re going to break this down as simple as possible, and try to win every game. I think winning takes care of every category, as far as being an athlete. You look at endorsements, being on the floor, almost everything — I think winning takes care of all that. And if you’re in the league, winning takes care of all the mistakes, or if you have any problems on teams.
Actually you know what? Fuck it. If Derrick Rose says that we are a super team, than we are a super team. A team takes its identity from its point guard. If you want to say that the Warriors are a super duper team, that’s fine. But as long as the Knicks check in as a super team, I am happy. Again, 2017-18 is the year we win the championship anyway. Call us whatever you want until then. And it’s kind of nice to have a point guard that may be a little crazy. Gives the Knicks a little spiciness that we’ve been missing since Starbury was eating Vaseline.
And are we sure the Warriors are actually a super team when their big free agent signing of the summer just got this tattoo?
But seriously Derrick, what the fuck? I know Big Cat said Knicks fans would be living in the Spin Zone with you, but I thought we’d at least have off until the preseason.