Derrick Rose respects 'humble' Jeremy Lin

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Derrick Rose likes what he's seen from Jeremy Lin and he's looking forward to facing the New York Knicks' phenom in the next few weeks.

"Lin's been good, man," Rose said on Friday afternoon. "Playing good ball. Playing with a lot of confidence. All you need is confidence in this league and that's what he's definitely playing with. I like him as a player, like him as a person, where he's very humble."

From a distance, Rose, the reigning MVP, also respects the way Lin has handled himself off the floor.

"I love the way that he plays," Rose said. "The fame or whatever, he's brushed it off. He's not paying too much attention to it. Turning things down. And that's the way that I think you're supposed to be."

Rose and the Chicago Bulls take on Lin and the Knicks on March 12 and then follow that up two more times in April. Rose, who has always talked about how much he loves playing in New York City at Madison Square Garden, is ready to see all the hype for himself. With the way the Knicks have improved, he knows the Bulls may see them later in the playoffs.

"It's going to be fun," Rose said. "[Carmelo Anthony’s] back. Lin is playing great. You can tell they're playing with a little more juice when they're out there running the ball. That's a team that we definitely have to deal with."

Rose was asked if he felt he could slow Lin down. In typical fashion, the 23-year-old superstar downplayed the question.

"I really don't know," he said. "We'll have to see."