Derrick Rose really wants you to believe that the New York Knicks are the NBA’s next superteam.

Rose, whom the Knicks acquired in a trade last month, raised plenty of eyebrows (not to mention eliciting many laughs) when he said the Knicks joined the likes of the Golden State Warriors among the NBA’s “superteams.”

Given a chance to back off from those comments, Rose instead doubled down in a recent interview.

“I still believe that,” Rose said during an interview from Seoul, South Korea, according to “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.”

In addition to trading for Rose, the Knicks also signed another former Chicago Bull in big man Joakim Noah. Add Rose and Noah to a mix that already includes Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, and there’s obviously reason for optimism in the Big Apple. But “superteam” might be a little much, no matter what Rose wants you to think.

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