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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 -

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. 

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:32 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.....

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:17 pm

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

I def think he is in consideration without a doubt, but I don't think he is a runaway favorite... I think Amare is up there, like it  or not Lebron who has taken over as best player on a team that had Wade is up there and no PG still scores, passes and rebounds like he did on the Cavs and look at the Cavs without him.... yeah he is a MVP canidate without a doubt... Dirk of course should be tossed in there. Howard without question as well... the slight against Rose is that he shoots 44 % he isn't shooting as high % as the other canidates, he takes a lot of shots and as a PG he is a good faciltater, but not of the caliber of Paul, Rondo, or Williams, so he is stuck in the category of "Young Marbury" status, which is great numbers, but never amounted to anything due to having Garnett on his team...

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:15 pm

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

In my opinion, Dwight Howard is the clear choice for mvp. Out of all the mvp canidates nobody can dominate the defensive end to the degree that Howard does and his altering of shots doesn't show up on the stat sheet. He's a monster on the boards (more so than Rose is with his assists) and Howard can score whenever he wants. Howard is the one guy that makes all other teams trade for inside power so they can compete with the Magic because he can control a series. Rose has plenty of talent but he certainly can't alter a game on the defensive end like Howard. 

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:44 am

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

As a Nets fan I'm voting for Amare...although I have no vote...he was unguardable when he was the knicks only option and he alone is responsible for them making the playoffs.....rose has talent around him....I wouldn't have a problem if he won it...but I'd give it to Amare....Lebron is a joke....I'm surprised that Durant didn't explode and runaway with it this year....he just didn't do it and I am shocked!

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:25 am

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

I agree with you completely. Rose is the MVP. How in the hell is Lebron even consider..they have Wade and Bosh on that team. If they went 77 and 5 then that is a different story. They are what 43 and 22 after the Laker beat them tonight. Lebron and Bosh are overrated. I like Wade. Didn't they say they were going to win 6, 7, 8 title. Three little girls dancing and laughing on gay. I'm glad they are losing now. They deserve it. Go Bulls!!

P.S. I want to see Thunders vs the Bulls for the title.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:24 am

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

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

If that's the case, MJ should definitely start soliciting his "MVP endorsement services".  More easy money for the greatest b-baller of all time.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:11 am

Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

I'm a Knicks fan, but I second Mr. Jordan.  D-ROSE FOR MVP!!!!  If the Bulls surpass the Celtics, he's a lock for the award.  I can't believe people are actually considering LeBron for the award. At this point, I think Dirk deserves it over LeBron. 

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