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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 10, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

moyfzr...You put any other big man in place of Howard and the Magic wouldn't go very far. The Magic don't have deep talent. Unlike Amare and other big men, Howard dominates both ends of the floor. Now if you take the same senario if you replace Rose with with CP3,Westbrook etc.... I bet the Bulls don't miss a beat because they have deep talent. Rose is just part of what makes them great. Howard is what makes the Magic a contender. That's the difference.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

sman2011...Did Kobe with those rings or did the Lakers? You put Kobe with the Nets and let me know how many rings he would have.


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:01 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

As for little ceasers, your momma is a fool.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Howard is a liability at the end of the game. He can't shoot free throw.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Kurly1997...What are you talking about? How many games has Howard missed this season due to technicals? You're acting like he misses games all the time which isn't true. Furthermore you're right, the Magic were in the ECF last season but it was because of Howard. However, you're completely wrong if you think the Magic is a deeper team than the Bulls. The Bulls have a much deeper team. Keep in mind, Rose turns the ball over quite a bit and he only shoots 44%. I can think of several PGs that are on the same level as Rose but I can't think of another center on the same level as Howard. The game is played on both ends of the floor. Offensively Rose is outstanding but so is Howard. Defensively there is no comparison. Howard can dominate a team defensively where Rose doesn't have the ability to do that.


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:37 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

Agreed! give it to Howard.  Hell, even Love from MN deserves it more than Rose.  Just because a biased Chicagoan thinks he should get it doesn't mean he will.  What's next year?  Noah?  Come on.  Jprdan is a has been trying to get back in it.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

44% is a very solid percetage for a point guard that shoots a lot of threes and gets to the line a lot. It's not just as simple as looking at the perctentage number by itself. If he shot no 3's and rarely got to the line that would be a bad percentage.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

How can Howard be MVP when he's racking up technicals left and right? Doesn't an MVP have to actually be on the floor, and now suspended, to help his team? And wasn't his team in the Eastern conf. finals last year? How good are the Magic without Howard? Now think about how good the Bulls would be without Rose. The Magic are a much deeper team.

Oh...lets not forget who has the second best record in the East and who has the 4th best record.

The G.O.A.T got it right...DRose = MVP.


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