Rose, Thibodeau: Award-winning duo?
March, 18, 2011
At media day before the season, Derrick Rose wondered aloud why he couldn't win the NBA MVP award this season. With 15 games to go this season, he is the frontrunner, and the 22-year-old Chicago Bulls star is primed to be the youngest MVP in NBA history.
Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty ImagesDerrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau have been a winning combination this season.
But as the Bulls, who are on an eight-game win streak heading into Friday night's game against the Indiana Pacers, continue to win, Tom Thibodeau is emerging as a top candidate for Coach of the Year honors. If Rose and Thibodeau win, they would be the 12th duo from the same team to win MVP and Coach of the Year, and only four of those have gone on to win an NBA title.
ESPN Stats & Information put the seasons for Thibodeau and Rose in perspective. First, a look at the rookie coach's season:
ESPN Stats & Information also points out some strong numbers in support of Rose.