Actually, the claim was somehow more outlandish—he implied that people other than him were describing the Knicks that way. And that commissioner Adam Silver cowers in fear that teams like the Knicks, who went 32-50 in 2015-16 and spent willfully this summer on mostly aging parts rather than resetting around surprising rookie Kristaps Porzingis, are just too dominant.
"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," Rose said. "And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to [Carmelo Anthony] and all the guys who've been around. 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 notion was promptly laughed out of existence by those not in the close circle of Rose, who was traded to New York after eight seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
But the preposterous idea resurfaced this week when he was asked about his comments while promoting his shoes in South Korea.
His response: "I'm not taking that back."
"I still believe that,” Rose said. “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 on 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."
The Knicks should be much better in 2016-17, having added Rose, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, and Courtney Lee to the mix. But while they're battling for, at best, a middle-rung playoff spot, they've saddled future generations with big four-year contracts on good but getting-up-there players like Noah and Lee that could hurt the team's progression.
While 2016-17 will be more exciting than 2015-16, most smart Knicks fans (that is, the ones that weren't booing on draft night in 2015) know the team as currently constructed isn't Finals-bound and would have preferred a rebuild around their young star.