Saturday, March 12, 2011
Jackson expects Rose to draw MVP votes
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- On the same night that Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan sung the praises of Derrick Rose and proclaimed that Chicago fans may be in store for "six more" championships, Los Angeles Lakers coach -- and former Bulls coach -- Phil Jackson backed Rose's burgeoning MVP campaign.
"I would imagine that just out of the blue that Derrick Rose is going to be the guy," Jackson told ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin prior to Saturday's Lakers/Mavericks game. "That team is what, first in the East right now, or tied? He’s literally vaulted that team up on his shoulders by [Carlos] Boozer being out the first month and a half or so. I would say just on pure ‘one guy’, individually, he’s probably going to get a lot of votes."
Jordan was a little more definitive with his comments earlier in the week.
"MVP of the season," Jordan said after the Bulls’ 101-84 win over his Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. "He deserves it. He's playing that well. He deserves it. Without a doubt. And if he doesn't get it, now he'll see how I felt a lot of years."
Rose, who is averaging 25 points a game this season, led the Bulls to their sixth-straight victory on Saturday night over the Utah Jazz.