At a press conference in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Derrick Rose was officially named the NBA's youngest MVP ever Tuesday.
Rose became slightly emotional when giving his acceptance speech, as he spent a good couple minutes thanking his mother who was sitting directly in front of him in the first row. Rose, who gave his Rookie of the Year award to his mother, laughed when asked what he'd do with his MVP.
"Give me a couple days with it at least mom," Rose said.
Rose was a runaway winner, collecting 113 of 121 first-place votes and collecting 1,182 points to claim the award. Dwight Howard finished second (643), LeBron James third (522), Kobe Bryant fourth (428) and Kevin Durant fifth (190).
A couple interesting notes from the voting:
- Four players were given first-place votes: Rose, Howard, LeBron and Kobe. The first three, understandable, but Kobe with a first-place vote? Good grief.
- Rose only received first, second (six) and third-place (two) votes.
- Blake Griffin picked up one third-place vote. I don't even know what to say about that. I mean, yeah, good rookie year, but the Clippers were 32-50.
- If it gives any insight into what the first-team All-NBA teams will look like, Durant nudged out Dirk Nowitzki 190 points to 113 points.
- Rose became the first player since Steve Nash in 2005 to win the MVP award after not receiving any votes the previous year.
- Tony Parker picked up a fourth-place vote, Rajon Rondo a third-place vote and Chris Paul two fifth-place votes.
- Nine ballots left LeBron off entirely. As asked by Dan Feldman of Piston Powered , there aren't nine NBA writers in Cleveland, is there?
- Dwight Howard was left off three ballots. I mean, what are we supposed to say about this? That's 12 ballots that left off either LeBron or Dwight Howard. What league are these people watching? The ridiculous Kobe fawning among the voters is truly embarrassing.