Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was asked Monday about what level his game can reach this season, and the normally reserved 21-year-old raised some eyebrows by answering with his own questions.
"It's high," Rose said of self-confidence. "The way I look at it within myself, why not? Why can't I be the MVP of the league," he asked. "Why can't I be the best player in the league? 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."
After helping lead Memphis to the national championship game in 2008, the Bulls made Rose the No. 1 overall draft pick and he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Last season, he became the Bulls' first All-Star since Michael Jordan's final season in Chicago, and Rose led the Bulls to the playoffs both years.
This summer, Rose played a major role in helping Team USA win the World Championships in Turkey.
But still, MVP?
"Derrick is an unbelievable talent, and things have really changed around here since he's come to Chicago," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "The goal is definitely to be the best team that we can be. If Derrick feels that way, then that's good for us."
Rose is taking more of a leadership role with the Bulls this season, and the team is embracing his confidence.
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.