Rose met own challenge for greatness

May, 2, 2011
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- It was practically cocky, seemingly out of character.

Answering a question about his expectations for the season on Chicago Bulls media day this past September with the question, "Why can't I be the MVP of the league?"

That couldn't have been our D-Rose.

But listening to the then-21-year-old Bulls guard that day, there wasn't a hint of cockiness about it.

"Why can't I be the best player in the league?" Derrick Rose said sincerely. "I don't see why [not]? Why can't I do that? I think I work hard. I think I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things at a young age, and I know if I continue to do good, what I can get out of it."

It was a challenge to himself and, we can see now as we look back, to his team. A challenge for greatness, yes, but a very reasonable goal as well.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5