"That would be a dream, but I know I'm going to get some boos here and there," Rose said Wednesday night. "It's all a part of the game, all a part of the sport. It's not going to affect the way that I play and how bad I want to win that game."
Rose will play in Chicago for the first time as a visitor on Friday night, after spending his first seven NBA seasons as the face of the Bulls franchise. Teammate Joakim Noah will also be making his return to Chicago.
And while Rose expects some boos, former teammate Jimmy Butler said he expects a standing ovation for both players -- and he'll be one of those on his feet.
"Lots of love, I can promise you that," Butler said Thursday. "I'll be standing when their name is called, too, because they did a lot for the city. On the floor, they did a lot, but I think they did even more off the floor. That's what I commend them for."
Rose, a native of the South Side of Chicago, said he has no ill feelings toward the organization as he prepares to head home.
"There's no bad blood there at all," Rose said. "I totally understand the business of this game, and yeah, there's no bad blood. I never felt that way about getting traded or me coming to this team. I always took it as a blessing that I had the opportunity to come in this market, this franchise, and to be able to create a culture here."
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg also expects a warm welcome for Rose.
"I think he should be received well," Hoiberg said. "Derrick did a lot of good things for the franchise, for the city -- obviously, winning an MVP. He had some great moments, some big playoff series. I think he'll be received very well."
Rose was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 1 overall pick out of Memphis in 2008 and was named rookie of the year that season. He was named NBA MVP after the 2010-11 campaign, the youngest player to win the award, and led the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference during that regular season.
But he hurt his knee for the first time in the playoffs the following season and had played in just 39 percent of possible games due to various injuries following the original injury.
Earlier this week, Rose said that he approaches the game differently in New York than he did as a Bull.
"That was a young, raw talent, reckless type player. The player you see now, I'm more mature," Rose told reporters. "My IQ of the game has gotten higher. I don't have to do the things I did in the past with the team I have right now. I'll look crazy going out there shooting some of the shots I shot with the Bulls. There's no need for that."
Rose and the Knicks are off to a slow start thus far. New York is 1-3 and struggling to find cohesion on either end of the floor entering the game against Chicago. Rose is averaging 16 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists over four games and is still trying to get comfortable with the offense after missing two weeks during the preseason to attend a civil trial in Los Angeles.
"We've got to figure this out," Rose said after the Knicks' 19-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. "We're trying to get better every day. That's our approach to every game and practice, but it takes time.
"We're building a culture here, and it takes time."
-- ESPN's Jeff Goodman contributed to this report.