Derrick Rose aims for 'multiple' titles

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is confident his team can win "multiple championships" during his time in Chicago.

"If I won't believe in myself, who will?" he told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday night. "That's how I always think of it. I always try to challenge myself. The idea is great, but it's putting in the work. You have to really work hard if you want to win a title and I think we got all the pieces, starting with the front office, our owners, the coaching staff, down to the players. I think that we have a legit chance to win multiple championships."

Rose knows how close the Bulls got to a title last season and he wants to be the guy who brings the team all the way back to prominence.

"This is where I'm from," Rose said. "I want to give my city something to brag about."

Despite the fact that he became the youngest MVP winner in NBA history last season, Rose said he doesn't feel as if he's built much of a legacy at this point in his career and he isn't concerning himself with repeating as MVP.

"I'm not worried about the (MVP) award. I'll take the championship," Rose said. "The (MVP) award, don't get me wrong, it's an honor to be mentioned in the category, let alone win it. But I'll take a championship any day."

Obviously, that will be music to the ears of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. With Rose on the verge of inking a max extension that would lock him up for another five years, Thibodeau knows he is lucky to have such a budding star to build his team around.

"This guy's earned everything he's gotten," Thibodeau said Tuesday night. "He's a great ambassador for our organization, this city, the league. You can't ask for anything more. He represents everything that's good about this game so he's earned it."

The Bulls are expected to add another piece in veteran sharpshooter Richard Hamilton once he clears waivers on Wednesday, and Rose believes he will be a great fit to what the Bulls have already built.

"He's done something that nobody on this team had (done) and went to the Finals a couple of times and won a championship," Rose said. "If anything, his experience is definitely going to help us with this team."

Even if the Bulls don't make a move, Rose is confident he and the Bulls have the pieces in place to win a title this season.

"Oh yeah," he said. "We're there. I told you, last year we lost because of me. Not being smart enough. My basketball IQ wasn't high enough. I think that I grew a lot as a player mentally this offseason."

Rose said that loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals last spring motivated him to work even harder.

But the Heat, with its superstar players, isn't the only obstacle between Rose and a championship. He knows a lot of teams are coming to knock off the Bulls this season, given how much success they had last year.

"Not only Miami," Rose said. "New York, Boston, we've got a lot of teams out there that's building and re-building their teams to compete. So you never know who's going to be right there."

While the Heat's "Big Three" of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh make them an obvious favorite in the Eastern Conference, Rose said he doesn't subscribe to the theory that a team needs more than one superstar in order to win a championship.

"There's a lot of teams out there that have two superstars that didn't win," Rose said. To me, to win a championship, you need a team full of winners that's willing to sacrifice and dedicate themselves to that team."

Rose, who said he likes to think of himself as a history buff, compared his championship mission to a film epic.

"I love history," Rose said. "So like the movie 'Troy,' I want to have that legacy where after I'm long gone, (people say) Derrick Rose was the guy that brought Chicago back to where it was when Mike (Jordan) and them was playing. I want to be that guy."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.