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Rose: "Why can't I be MVP of the league?"

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:10 am
Posted by Royce Young

When the GMs voted in their annual survey, most were a little shocked that one player wasn't on top. LeBron James, the two-time reigning MVP, only got a fraction of the vote. Kevin Durant led the way with Kobe Bryant, James and then Dwight Howard trailing behind.

But one player that feels a little slighted to not be mentioned is Derrick Rose. As he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse, "Why can't I be MVP of the league?"

It's a good question, really. Why can't Rose win the award? His Bulls are lined up to have a successful season, he's entering his third year and has been extremely good in his first two years and by all accounts, he's better than before. He's going to be the Bulls focus and he'll have plenty of attention of on him all year. It kind of adds up.

But at the same time, Rose hasn't even begun to touch what he's capable of. Watching him in the open floor is almost a revelation. He's not just fast, he's smooth fast. No player moves the way he does. It just looks good. Rose is flashy, but he has substance. When he's got the jumper going and he's creating aggressively, look out. Problem is, it doesn't always happen. But that's something that shouldn't surprise anyone from a guy that's played two seasons and is 21 years old.

(Quick timeout: How beautiful is that little jump-stop runner Rose has developed? I'm talking about the one where he dribbles down the floor acting like he's looking for someone to pass to, heads to the right side of the lane, plants quickly and in a blink, shotputs the ball at the rim. It's gorgeous. And pretty much unstoppable.)

Rose's biggest challenge is translating his quiet demeanor into strong vocal leadership on the court. But that comes with comfort. He's gaining in confidence. For example, this MVP comment. I don't think Rose would have said something like this two years ago. Not because he didn't believe it, but because he wasn't as sure of himself. He wasn't exactly sure how to express himself. And now he's getting there. Which is all part of the process.

In his first two years though, Rose was teamed with somewhat of a lackluster roster. He had Ben Gordon on his wing his rookie year and he's had Joakim Noah inside. He's had the often injured Luol Deng on the wing, but really at no point did Rose have a go-to scorer to rely on. He's kind of been forced to be the go-to scorer but always creative and distribute. Now, with Carlos Boozer on the interior and a couple weapons to kick to on the outside, Rose might be capable of scratching his statistical ceiling.

Could a 20-10 season be in the cards for Rose? Probably not, but with some of the defensive focus pulled off him, he could potentially score in the upper 20s while also handing out six, seven or eight assists a game. For instance, look at the damage Rose did last April against the Cavaliers in the playoffs: 26.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, 3.2 rpg, plus excellent percentages. That type of year is certainly something Rose has in him. Maybe not now, but eventually for sure.

 And if the Bulls are in contention, is that enough to at least put Rose in the MVP discussion? I'd think so. Hard to ignore numbers like that.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2010 6:31 pm

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

LeBron may get a ring sometime soon and yes Kobe has 5 but it's also a team sport. The lakers don't get the last two rings without Kobe, nor does Kobe get them without his supporting cast. Gasol didn't do anything with what he had in Memphis, and Kobe didn't do anything without Gasol till he came over. They both rely on each other for different parts of the game. LeBron had nothing to work with in Cleveland, but now he has Wade, and Bosh and if the chemistry plays out then he should finally get his ring. Only thing from this move is that LeBron unless he is selfish like he was in Cleveland (only cause he had to) will not be putting up the same numbers as he was. We shall see if he is truly a team player or just out for his own personal stats.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:18 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

Gator don't bother with Warner, he's a classless ignorant redneck. He normally spends his time commenting on the Nascar and monster trucks, but every once in a while he chimes in about the NBA, and his lack of knowledge is obvious. He goes on and on about how great Kobe is, yet he won't admit that Kobe has been blessed with an ideal situation in LA (much like Big Ben in Pittsburgh in the NFL) If you swapped Kobe and LeBron (yes I know this isn't possible) the Cavs would have had a hard time making the playoffs, much less contending for a title. Kobe missed the playoffs when he didn't have Gasol there to do the heavy lifting, thats a fact. Take your nose out of Kobe's jock Warner and come back to reality. I know he's your idol, but you sound like a starstruck teenager and your lack of objectivity should be embarrassing. Kobe is a great player, but LeBron is a complete player ,a once in a lifetime talent. The fact that you can't recognize that just proves how clueless you are. Get a clue redneck, go back to chugging Budweiser and watching tractor pulls.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 7:49 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

LOL, I think you meant LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.  Not to nit pick but it HGH for the most part

Nope, other than your repeated posts on the topic, I have not seen anything about Lebron or Wade taking HGH. Now I have a friend who's second cousin once removed saw it on a blog that Duncan and Parker were using and Ginobeli was supplying it for them. Obviously it must be true, with such a reliable source.

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:17 pm

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

I heard a rumor that Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are taking steroids

LOL, I think you meant LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.  Not to nit pick but it HGH for the most part.

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:51 pm

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

But why can't I be MVP of the league?

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:54 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

It'd probably help him to pour roids and HGH into his body too to contend for the MVP.  Just saying.

I heard a rumor that Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are taking steroids.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:44 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

.  He has five rings.  Pippen, I mean Lebum, has zero.  ZERO.  ZERO.

If you switched Kobe and Lebron- put Kobe on the Cavaliers - Lebron on the Lakers - do you honestly believe that Cleveland wins the championship? Kobe has had the best teams and so has 5 rings. Just because he has 5 rings does not make him the better player. Personally, I think it is too close to call. They are both great players.

Your mom comment is showing your lack of class and immaturity.

As far as Rose winning MVP, lets see how he improves this year from last year. Last year he was very good, but did not deserve to be MVP.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:07 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'


Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:53 am

Rose: 'Why can't I be MVP of the league?'

You really make yourself appear stupid when you throw that Reggie Miller comment out there once a week.  If Kobe is better than Reggie then that makes Lebum a little less great than Cheryl Miller.  "Most basketball fans think the bum is better than Kobe!"  I will rely on the analysis of MJ himself and of the logo Jerry West.  I refuse to rely on the analysis of a Canadian stoner.  Kobe has something more than a jumpshot also you loser.  He has five rings.  Pippen, I mean Lebum, has zero.  ZERO.  ZERO.
By the way tell your mom to quit calling me I am done throwing bologna at her.

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:15 am

How many MVP's did Tim Hardaway win?

Derrick Rose is in the same predicament as Tim Hardaway was all those years ago, although Rose might be the best PG in the League (arguably) there are too many Lebron's, D-Wade's, Kobe's and Dwight Howards that will outshine him.  Hardaway had to deal with Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Dominque Wilkins, Karl Malone etc., and no matter what he did he could never get the Warriors deep in the playoffs and never put up the best numbers (aside from assists).  Present day you have Rose who again will not be able to take this Bulls team far in the playoffs and he's up against a reigning MVP who could put up a 30/10/10 line every night.I just can't see Rose taking over and carrying this team with 30 ppg and 10 apg to even warrant consideration for MVP.

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