Derrick Rose is optimistic about the Knicks' chances this season. In an interview with the NBPA's Jared Zwerling, the guard called his new employer "the most talented team I've played on."
The season hasn't even begun yet, so surely that's a rather bold statement. Still, on paper, things look promising. Rose is a former NBA MVP, and he comes to the Big Apple once again teaming up with a former Bulls teammate in two-time All-Star Joakim Noah. Add in an already established star in Carmelo Anthony, a budding one in Kristaps Porzingis, a "3 and D" guy in Courtney Lee, some scoring pop off the bench in Brandon Jennings and a solid glue guy in Lance Thomas (among others), and this is a very talented group at first glance.
Things obviously have to come together, and that takes time. New York has to account for chemistry, be prepared to overcome potential injuries and hope that everyone buys into new coach Jeff Hornacek's vision. Though Rose's Bulls stood atop of the Eastern Conference twice over the course of his tenure, they reached the Conference Finals just once in eight seasons. There are many factors that play into potential success, and sometimes they don't all work out for the best.