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Rose met own challenge for greatness

Bulls guard, 22, never lost sight of goal and became the youngest MVP in league history

Updated: May 3, 2011, 9:18 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

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]? ...

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