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 ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.