Knicks' moves impress Derrick Rose

Updated: February 22, 2011, 5:54 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said the New York Knicks improved themselves with the Carmelo Anthony trade, and All-Star guard Derrick Rose can't wait to play the new-and-improved rivals.

"They're going to be a tough team," Rose said after practice on Tuesday. "I don't know how long it's going to take them to jell, but that's a good team right there, especially with the pieces that they added, veterans that have been in the league for a long time that are used to winning. So they're a team that people are going to have to look out for."

New York is 2-0 against Chicago this season.

"We can't wait to play 'em," Rose said. "Where we let two games slip with them, two games that we were supposed to [have]. But we're just worrying about Toronto [on Wednesday] right now."

It's possible the Bulls will face the Knicks in the playoffs.

"When you put Amare [Stoudemire] and Carmelo on the same team, those are two high-level players, two All-Stars," Thibodeau said. "And then you can't forget about [Chauncey] Billups. Billups is terrific.

"They're going to be a strong team and they were strong before trade. I think this makes them even stronger."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for and ESPN 1000.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined for its launch in April 2009.