For the past couple of seasons, the NBA MVP race has consisted of one man, LeBron James, but with his move to the Heat and the struggles that he’s shown in clutch situations, the MVP talk has shifted to an unlikely subject, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Rose has had a stellar season so far, leading his Bulls team to the number two spot in the East and only 1 ½ games out of first.
"If you don’t see something special in Derrick Rose, then you’re blind," Reinsdorf told the Chicago Sun-Times, before he went on to give a hefty prediciton. "We have an outstanding coach, an outstanding bunch of players, the team is deep, and if we stay healthy we have an awfully good chance of winning at least four championships."
The four championships aside, the Bulls are playing like a team on a mission this season and has leapt past the struggling Miami Heat as the team that could possibly unseat the Boston Celtics as the Eastern Conference champs and Rose is the reason Chicago is even in that conversation. He has taken this team on his back and willed them to victory time and time again and important people are noticing.
How important? Well, let’s say a very influential person who has a stake in Chicago basketball.
"MVP of the season," Jordan said about Rose after the Bulls’ 101-84 win over his Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. "He deserves it. He’s playing that well. He deserves it. Without a doubt. And if he doesn’t get it, now he’ll see how I felt a lot of years."
Michael Jordan doesn’t give interviews much and he gives praise even less so for him to acknowledge Rose like that speaks volumes about the young point guards skills and legitimacy.
"That’s huge, man," Rose said with a smile when informed of Jordan’s comments. "When the person that you’re playing behind, all you hear about is Mike, especially in Chicago, look up to him. For him to say that, it’s unbelievable. It’s an honor and I’m speechless right now."
Rose may be humbles by the great Mike’s words, but don’t expect them to go to his head because he has one goal in mind and it’s winning. And that games by the way, not the MVP, though he wouldn’t say no to receiving it.
"It’s great that he said that, it’s an honor, but we’re just trying to keep winning," Rose said. "The award, like I’ve said, it will come if we keep winning. But we’re just trying to play hard, play together, and keep playing aggressive and play with an edge."
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