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Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:12 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 9:53 pm
 
NEW YORK – Stan Van Gundy has read the tea leaves – and lots of NBA articles, including on this site, evidently – and declared the MVP race over. 

“I don’t think it’s wide open,” Van Gundy said before the Magic played the Knicks Wednesday night. “I mean, the media seems to have made their decision and they’re the ones who vote, so I think it’s over. … Derrick Rose has it. I haven’t really read or heard a media guy who is going another way at this point. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it.” 

Van Gundy, clearly chastened by recently having been called on the carpet by commissioner David Stern for voicing his opinions, suffered a momentarily lapse into his previous persona when asked about the MVP race – which he clearly believes, once again, that Dwight Howard should be winning. 

“To me, with his rebounding, his scoring and his defense, I just don’t think there’s anybody who impacts as many possessions in a game as Dwight does,” Van Gundy said. “I think Derrick Rose has been great. I will have no problem if Derrick Rose wins the MVP. They’ve got the best record in the East, and he’s been clearly their leader. You can make a great case for him. 

“He’s been great,” Van Gundy said. “But I still don’t think anyone impacts the game as many possessions in a game as Dwight does.” 

Howard, speaking in the locker room before the game, declined an invitation to state his own case for MVP. 

“Derrick Rose has been playing great basketball,” Howard said. “I’m not a guy that likes to talk about myself, but I think I do a lot for my team in order for us to have a chance to win every night. I think that’s about it. I don’t like talking about myself.” 

As chronicled here, my personal opinion for about two thirds of the season was that LeBron James would get my vote for MVP. But Rose has come on – not statistically or efficiency-wise all the time, but in terms of lifting the Bulls to elite status in the East and being their undisputed floor leader and scorer. Since losing two straight on the road in early February, the Bulls have beaten Miami and Atlanta twice and San Antonio and Orlando once apiece. In February and March, Rose is averaging 25.7 points and 7.1 assists in 23 games.

Earlier this month, Matt Moore and Ben Golliver had a spirited MVP discussion in our Eye on Basketball blog that you can relive here.
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Howard is a beast, I will admit. But with that height and vertical, he SHOULD be grabbing 14 boards a game and getting 2 or 3 blocks. He's not a great scorer, and he shoots free throws like garbage. Teams in the playoffs can use a Hack-a-Shaq type strategy in close games..and he will miss costly free throws no doubt. Plus, with his CONSTANTLY bitching and complaining attitude, along with his dirty play with those vicious elbows, you have to admit his character is garbage.

Nobody SHOULD put up the numbers Howard is putting up.   23 points, 14 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game amounts to an unbelievable season.  The fact it's his best season ever tells you everything you need to know.  The guy has played 7 seasons already, made a ton of money but pushes himself to get better... that's definitely an MVP candidate.   He is just as important to the Magic as Rose is to the Hawks. 
This is Rose's award. Anyone else winning it would be a shame.


I think Rose wins MVP this year but if Howard was to win it I would hardly call it a "shame".  The numbers he's putting up are incredible....  without him his team is nothing and with him they are capable on a good day of beating anybody anywhere.....  that's the definition of an MVP imo...



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

I am Bulls fan, and I love Derrick.

But I don't give a damn if he wins MVP, I want to win in the playoffs, I wanna see my team be the best in the world.

So does Rose.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2011 8:52 am
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP



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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:07 am
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Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Rose will easily win the MVP and he should given that his team may be the # 1 seed in the East. Noah and Boozer both missed significant time this year and they may end up with a better record than everyone else in the conference. No other team could lose (arguably) it's 2nd and 3rd most important pieces and still be in the hunt for the top seed in their conference. Anyone else getting serious consideration is kind of laughable at this point.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Medinahccpro you are totally wrong.  You state that Dwight bitches and complains. Tell me one player that doesn't.  I'll wait.   I thought so.  The only difference is Dwight gets T'd up for his complaining while Rose and James gets a past.  Also, tell me a player who has to get fouled twice and sometimes three times before one foul is called besides Dwight.  You breathe on James or Rose and the foul is called automatically.  YOu would throw an elbow or two if the refs were not protecting you like other players too.  Like Van Gundy said, there is no player that affects the game more on both ends of the court then Dwight and therefore that makes him most valuable by default.  To say other wise is just idiotic.  You say take rose off the bulls and they would be different.  Take Dwight off the magic and you would have the cleveland cavaliers.  Big difference.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Rose should be the first Bull since Michael Jordan to win the MVP. He deserves it.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

All you Rose haters remember this:  If Rose and Howard were on the same team, it would be Rose feeding Howard.  Not the other way around.  Rose is a QB on the florr.  Howard is a WR that needs someone to get him involved.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

let me fix that for you...

Rose winning the MVP would be a shame!]

Howard and Dirk Nowitzki are better canidates.



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Van Gundy: Rose-y outlook for MVP

Im a Lakers fan. And I would give the award to Rose. He is the Bulls' leading scorer, main ball handler, main distributor, creates open shots for eveybody, and can get to the rim easily past any defender. His team's in 1st place, he hits game winning shots, and always plays clutch in the 4th quarter. Take Rose off the Bulls, they are a completely different, and far less successful, team.

LeBron puts up stats..but doesnt hit clutch shots. I would argue that he is a poor game ending shooter. Wade should always be the team's go to guy down the stretch. LeBron has more talent, by far, this year around him...And he is winning less games. Thats not MVP material.

Howard is a beast, I will admit. But with that height and vertical, he SHOULD be grabbing 14 boards a game and getting 2 or 3 blocks. He's not a great scorer, and he shoots free throws like garbage. Teams in the playoffs can use a Hack-a-Shaq type strategy in close games..and he will miss costly free throws no doubt. Plus, with his CONSTANTLY bitching and complaining attitude, along with his dirty play with those vicious elbows, you have to admit his character is garbage.

This is Rose's award. Anyone else winning it would be a shame.


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