In a recent interview with the NBPA, guard Derrick Rose opened up on a number of issues. The new Knick discussed his transition to the Big Apple, summer workouts, philanthropic efforts, family life, and much more.
One thing is for sure: despite injury setbacks, Rose’s confidence has not wavered. He continues to praise his squad and prepare tirelessly for the grind ahead.
In the long writeup, Rose praised the play of Carmelo Anthony and thinks Melo’s game will help his own improve:
“I think he’s going to make the game way easy for the entire team,” Rose said. “And that leaves everybody open on the other side, the weak side. You add shooters to that, you add just other threats on the floor, and you’re going to be a dangerous team. And my job is to just come in and just be a point guard. I think it’s the most talented team I’ve played on, even though I haven’t played with them yet—just looking at the stat sheet, working out with them. So my job is to come in and get everybody going, then have my spot where I can try to dominate the game.”
Over the summer, over half of the Knicks’ roster went down to Puerto Rico to chill with Carmelo for his “A Very Melo Weekend” and said that he never really had a bonding experience like that during his time with the Bulls:
“We never hung out together. We just showed up at training camp, like a couple days before,” he said. “It’s just about pushing each other, being able to talk trash to one another while you’re working out. It’s that bond. That’s what we’re trying to build at least working out together, trying something different. Last year or eight years straight, we did the same thing and it didn’t get us any championship. But now we’re trying different things and staying positive and pushing each other.”