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Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:22 am
 
Michael Jordan endorses Derrick Rose as the Most Valuable Player. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Think of it like an election campaign, and a former office holder providing his endorsement for a candidate. Except in this scenario, it's the best mayor/governor/president/high priest/grand overlord/emperor to ever take office. It's a lot like that. 

Michael Jordan, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune
"MVP of the season," the Bobcats owner said Wednesday night after the Bulls downed his team 101-84. "He deserves it. He's playing that well, without a doubt."

Then Jordan offered that sly smile.

"And if he doesn't get it, now he will see how I felt a lot of those years," the Bulls' Hall of Famer said.
via Michael Jordan: Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose no doubt the MVP of NBA this season - chicagotribune.com.

This is classic Jordan. Jordan made an empire out of giving everyone what they wanted, regardless of what he actually thought.  Saying the Chicago Bull prolific scorer is the MVP? That's perfect in every way. Just makes everyone love him more, especially Bulls fans (not that that's humanly possible). Jordan probably legitimately does feel Rose is the MVP, considering his disdain for LeBron James' joining the Heat and the fact that Rose is a scoring guard (although much more of a passer than Jordan). It's just such an easy thing for him to say that people will love. 

You also won't find any of the other candidates speaking up for their guys. For example, not like Shaq's going to come out in support of Dwight Howard, no matter how much he thinks that big men are underrated in this league. And LeBron James doesn't have an advocate because there hasn't really been a player like him in terms of overall production and ability to cross positional strengths. Plus, everyone hates him. 

And that may be Rose's biggest strength in terms of his MVP candidacy. It makes everyone feel good to think of him as the MVP. The young underdog (playing in a large market alongside a considerable array of support players) putting in a stunningly good season (without much in the way of elite efficiency) while remaining humble (due in part to his terrible interview abilities and after openly campaigning for himself to start the season) and saying how loyal he is to Chicago (a large market with a history of winning where he grew up).  The parentheticals there aren't meant to say that Rose isn't the MVP, I've got no issue with Rose as MVP, he's earned it every bit as much as Dwight Howard, LeBron James, or Dirk Nowitzki.  The point is that Rose is an easy MVP to get behind. Jordan's electing to provide a sound byte in support thereof (which is rare) is proof enough of that. 

And it'll probably carry some weight with the voters, especially given the tremendous respect Jordan rightfully carries with them. 
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:20 am
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Is it really fair to compare somebody who can score from anywhere on the floor to someone who takes most of his shots 5 feet from the basket in terms of field goal percentage?

It's fair when the guy taking the lower percentage shots is shooting more shots per game than the higher
pecentage position. Not very smart on his part. Meaning Rose has to wisen up and stop shooting so much at the PG position. Rose was 9-24 last night but he has the luxury of playing on a great team who can make up for his many misses and still walk away with the "W". It also helps that he gets the Michael Jordan treatment shooting 15 free throws. Without his many free throws, he would be a little above average PG. On the flip side, Howard is disliked by the officials and gets many bs calls against him.




Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 5:39 am
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Is it really fair to compare somebody who can score from anywhere on the floor to someone who takes most of his shots 5 feet from the basket in terms of field goal percentage?



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:08 am
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

That's exactly why Danny Ainge went out traded Perkins for Jeff Green right????

 


no duh dwight is going to have a higher one he's a center Rose is a guard you may want to notice centers have higher FG%

Duh...You just proved my point but you missed it yourself. PGs shouldn't be looking to shoot 20+ shots per game. A good PG is always looking for the guy going to make the highest percentage of shots. That's why teams with higher FG% ususally win the ballgame. On the other end of the spectrum, defense has alot with holding teams to lower FG pecentages and nobody is better than Howard on defense.

You forgot to mention the two big guys they picked up in that process. Ainge is no idiot and he knows what he's doing.




Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP



I think Howard has the ability to dominate a series. That's why Danny Ainge went after Murphy and that's why the Bulls went after Boozer.
That's exactly why Danny Ainge went out traded Perkins for Jeff Green right???? And yeah the Bulls got Boozer for his ability to defend Howard that makes the most sense in the world....as for your argument about FG % no duh dwight is going to have a higher one he's a center Rose is a guard you may want to notice centers have higher FG%...theres an argument for Dwight over Rose for MVP...but you missed it



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

On his deathbed, MJ will be protecting his flanks as "greatest ever," etc.  Rose is deserving.  But MJ speaking out is just a swipe at LeBron.  Anybody who listens to MJ after his HOF induction speech fiasco is an idiot.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

The MVP award is a joke. In the early years and all the way through MJ's years the MVP award went to the best NBA player. When Kobe became the NBA's best player 10 years ago they changed it to the best player on the team with the best record. Saying that that player did the most for his team. Well i hate to tell yea but thats not the most valueable player nor is that the best player in the league. Say you have the best player in the NBA on a bad team and that player is a 10 on a player scale of 1 to 10 but his teammates are all 3's and 4's and his team wins 50 games. Then you have a player who is simply a very good player and his 1 to 10 rateing for the sake of argument is a 8 but his teamates are all 6-7's and they win 58 games and that guy wins the MVP award. To me that bull becuase lets face it that that player who is a 10 on that poor team and transplant his and his team wins 65 games. Mabee that great player is on a team with many injuries or fellow players with bad attitudes but he is still the best in the NBA. The award in my opinion is now a scam. Kobe should have 5-6 MVP awards by now but due to the trend the NBA has gone its not the case. This year I like 2 others over Kobe so far and 1 is Rose and the other is Durant. Truth is they should wait till the seasons over and playoffs are done to chose the true NBA MVP. Lets face it it should be the regular season performance and the postseason combined to really determine the "best" player. Don't get me wrong I know they have a "finals MVP" as well and im not sugesting we only judge the postseason but it should be combined. It would be a shame to look 25 years from now and some kid thinking a loser who plays great during the season and his team has a great or best record and then he and his team cokes and gets spanked each year and history has that guy as a all time great.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP


Wow, did you just compare Rose to Marbury????? Schmazel I have concluded based on your post that you have never seen Rose or the Bulls play.... also to say he doesn't control offenses anywhere near as good as the other big three PGs is not entirely true, because understand those PGs don't lead their teams in scoring... if you took Rondo out of Boston with all those great shooters he would suffer, if you took Rose of the Chicago the Bulls would sufffer more. Marbury was heartless and arrogant, Rose just wants to get better and learn.....


Yeah Jeez I don't know how I could compare 2 players that stats were similar... and play were similar... what was I even thinking????? Yeah Marbury put up points with good assists numbers, but shot a low % and as I said "where did that get him in Minny and NJ"? Yeah... as for being a PG that isn't leading his team, I never said that, I said that he isn't shooting a good % and is scoring 24 points per game on 20 shots a game....you look at the top scorers only Ellis has that kind of "efficiency" and we won't see Ellis as some kind of MVP anytime soon... Rose is "considered" because he is on a great team, but isn't the as far off as Lebron (who scores more points on less shots) and gets about as many assists, but no way would Lebron be considered... that is just ludacris....



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

I have to give the advantage to Rose simply because of what he has been able to do with the ball in his hands all of the time. He is creating his own shot constantly, how often is Howard doing that? Without a good point guard, Howard's numbers would be diminished greatly. Also, until Howard can come up with some actual post moves I will never be impressed. He looks so awkward when he gets the ball anywhere he can't go up and dunk from I feel embarrassed for him. I'm not saying he's not a great player, because he is, but ias a center you need to be an obvious pick to be an MVP (Shaq, Chamberlain, you get the idea) and Howard is not there this year.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Master101...Howard averages 23 ppg while shooting 60% from the floor. Rose averages 24.5 ppg while shooting 44% from the floor. Howard is much more efficient on offense. The only areas where Rose beats Howard is FT shooting and assists, but Howard dominates everywhere else. The biggest difference is Rose has plenty of talent to help him recover from his misses. Howard doesn't have the luxury of playing on a deeply talented team. Also defense is a huge part of the all around game and that's what wins championships. I agree with you his weakness is FT shooting but looking at what he brings to his team I think he's the MVP (my opinion).

I think Howard has the ability to dominate a series. That's why Danny Ainge went after Murphy and that's why the Bulls went after Boozer. The Eastern teams know they have to match up with Howard in order to beat the Magic. If you put any other center on the Magic they wouldn't be nearly as good. Put CP3 with the Bulls and they would be just as good and possibly better.

 The Bulls didn't let Howard score 40, Howard dominated them. And the Bulls didn't have to shut down the Magic perimeter because the fact is the Magic don't have that much talent.

As for non-centers who are able to will their teams to victory. I will agree with you that Kobe has done this, although he plays on a great team. However, I disagree with you about Lebron, Rose or Durant etc...None of these guys ever won the big game (yet) and I have to say that includes Howard at this point in time.

If Rose wins the MVP it certainly won't be an injustice or anything like that, but he's certainly no clear cut favorite in my opinion. .



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

@Crunch Time: You are correct in saying that Howard can dominate the defensive end better than anyone and for that he should win the Defensive Player of the Year award.  Not that defense shouldn't be included in MVP voting, but MVP is more about overall game rather than one end of the floor. 

You also say he can dominated a series.  I disagree, I don't think Howard can will his team to victory like Rose and other non-center players.  Example, the 1st or 2nd time they played the Bulls, the Bulls let Howard score 40 points and guarded their perimeter players so they couldn't shoot the 3 at the high percentage they normally do.  The result is the Bulls win by 9.  Rose, Kobe, Durant, Nowtizki, and hell Lebron too can take over games and make sure their teams win.  Howard needs others on his team to produce in order for them to win.  That is a case against his MVP-ship in my opinion.

Also, as someone else said, Howard is a liability at the end of the game with his 59% free throw percentage.  If teams go with the Hack-A-Shaq strategy on him, he may help his team lose.


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