Chicago Bulls: NBA MVP
March, 17, 2011
Dick Raphael/NBAE/Getty ImagesIf the vote goes his way, Derrick Rose would supplant Wes Unseld as the youngest NBA MVP.He hears the chants late in home games when he's at the free throw line. Players and coaches around the league, including Chris Bosh, Juwan Howard and Doc Rivers have been converted into believers. And of course there was that endorsement by Michael Jordan.
Derrick Rose seems to be leading the way in the debate for NBA MVP. And if the groundswell of support continues over the final 16 games of the regular season, he will be the youngest player ever to win the NBA MVP award.
Rose, 22, would pass Wes Unseld as the youngest player to win the award. Unseld was 23 years, nine days old when he won MVP as a rookie with the Baltimore Bullets after the 1968-69 season. The winner will be announced after the regular season, and Rose won't turn 23 until Oct. 4.
In his third season, Rose said he is feeling much more comfortable as a team leader.
"That's the biggest thing, feeling comfortable. Being able to talk to my guys, no matter what it's about," Rose said on Thursday. "If it's on the court, they know if I talk to them or yell at them or whatever, it's nothing serious. It's just that we're trying to win a game.
"And it's basketball, people are going to yell at you in basketball, so don't take it serious. I'm fortunate to have these bunch of guys where they don't complain about anything, they just want to hoop."
In spite of his youth, Rose has gained plenty of respect in the Bulls locker room.
"Because he brings it every day," Kurt Thomas, the NBA's second oldest player said. "We know he's our leader out there on the floor. He's our floor general. And when he's going well, we're going well, so he definitely has the respect of every man in this locker room."
If Rose pulls it off, he will top an impressive list of young MVPS, all of whom are either in the Hall of Fame or well on their way. Check out photos of the youngest MVPs in NBA history.
March, 3, 2011
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