Rose's MVP speech a slam dunk

May, 3, 2011
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – It’s hard not to be jaded.

Professional athletes disappoint us all the time. We hold them up to unrealistic expectations and when they fail as role models, we shrug that we’re not surprised.

It’s hard not to be spoiled.

For a city that often wears its sports frailties as a badge of honor, we have a Stanley Cup, a World Series championship, a Super Bowl trophy and six NBA titles over the last 25 years.

Likewise, it was probably hard for some Chicago Bulls fans to give more than a passing glance to Tuesday’s announcement that Derrick Rose had been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Not only was it the worst-kept secret in town, but the Bulls are coming off an ugly Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals and Rose’s sore left ankle would seem to be of more pressing concern.

And maybe it is.

But on Tuesday, it took “a little kid from Englewood” to remind us how lucky we are.

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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