Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  59 responses

LeBron James’ MVP Pick: Derrick Rose

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Plenty of people have Derrick Rose as their MVP pick — many of the voting media, rival coaches, NBA fans, and Hall of Fame former players.

It’s not everyday, though, that you hear an endorsement from someone who’s in the race for the MVP trophy themselves.

LeBron James, the defending two-time Most Valuable Player, thinks the award is Rose’s this season.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Earlier this season, James backed New York Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire for league MVP. With a few weeks left before the playoffs, things have changed. James said Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is his choice. Rose is generally regarded as the top candidate, with the Bulls on pace to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Rose has kept the Bulls afloat despite injuries to Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.

“I think Derrick Rose,” James said. “What he’s done for that team, with all the injuries they have and them being first in the Eastern Conference. They’re playing some really good basketball.” James said he was leaning toward Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki until he was injured. Now, he’s in full support of Rose. “You’ve got some guys here that have done their job also,” James said. “But Derrick Rose definitely has gotten a lot of the exposure and a lot of the media attention because of the work he’s done. He’s playing some unbelievable basketball.” James maintained his stance of the Heat not having a serious candidate because he and Wade have canceled each other out.

As always, the MVP debate has been contentious. It will be nice once Rose gets it and we can finally stop talking about it. Oh wait, that’s clearly impossible. Never mind.

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  • http://twitter.com/4point0show Wes

    And there you have it…

  • dsleepy

    PR move

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    J-Kidd and Nash also co-signed on Drose’s MVP campaign. Seems like most of the players do.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I like that, Bron Bron.

  • RobbieJay

    co sign wes

  • Anthony


  • MLK4Life

    LeBron’s going to get his numbers every season. Doesn’t make him MVP every season which is what some idiots are suggesting. Rose is the guy Wade should be playing with. Rose, Wade, Deng, Boozer, and Noah is a much better starting lineup than the one now in Miami. No weak links there. Wonder if Wade has second guessed his decision yet.

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    DRose better win MVP
    I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t :(

  • Ryan D.

    Lebron James the Diplomat. Jigga please.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    lebron is just saying this because he knows he doesnt have a chance to win it now lol.. so he says this and of course comes out lookin like the good guy

  • Red Star

    @Ryan D Lmfao!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ everything

    classy move lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Co-sign everything @ 10:29.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Another reason why he is… THE KING.
    So, being that The King said it shall happen, it shall happen.

  • MLK4Life

    What is he The King of? lol. He needs to explain exactly what he is the King of because up until this point, he’s mostly known for a bad ESPN show and good regular season stats.

  • Greatness

    you just answered your own question.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, some of y’all really hate LeBron. It’s like a compulsion.
    Only one team wins the Finals every year. LeBron was drafted in 2003. He took a lottery team to a 50 win team by his third year, and to the Finals by his fourth year. He’s never lost in the first round of the playoffs.
    Dude has lots of flaws, but damn, y’all act like all he does is stat chase. That’s ridiculous. It’s crazy that so many people have such an irrational hatred for a stranger.

  • FLIGHT 9

    told ya

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Not all kings are liked…

  • underdog

    I wonder who’s picking Amaré now…

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    jesus mlk4life…shut up. first of all defenses would just pack the paint against rose vs wade. miami’s lineup spreads the floor far better. second lebron’s the best baller in the world right now. if you think for a second rose is better than him then your on the wrong site.

  • bashmo

    Allenp knows what hes talking bout..Lebron hate is annoying at this point!

  • DeeDaw

    I personally don’t hate Lebron, but he is very narcissistic and arrogant. I think that is what turns people off. You can appreciate his talents, which are undeniable, but the arrogance ruins it for a lot of people. Same can be said for Kobe.

    You just know that Lebron’s mom told him as a kid, “Your a king baby”. That’s what happens when you are an only child.

  • hoodsnake


  • DeeDaw

    If some of you don’t know what narcissism is, just think of the tattoo that Lebron has across his back… “Chosen One”.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    D.rose said he was gonna be MVP at the beginning of the season and since then he has said NOTHING about it. While everyone else has a comment or opinion on it. He just been hoopin

  • Hugo Loon

    drose also had mvp as his goal in his rookie season…just sayin

  • DeeDaw

    D.Rose didn’t say he was going to be MVP, he said why can’t he be MVP..

    Big difference in semantics if you took English in school.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ everything

    you can’t just disrespect when game recognize game.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    Lebron is conceding because he’s got his eyes on something bigger…being MVP hasn’t meant championship since 03, ironically just before James was drafted.

  • http://jojo.com Max

    I remember everybody doubting Drose in the beginning when he said he wanted or could be the mvp, including me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    IAMORANGE4EVER would probably still pick a Knick

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i remember when rose asked “Why cant I be mvp?” – and i left a pretty big comment on that post explaining why i believed rose would not be mvp, i figured his stats would be about what they are now but had no idea he would lead his team to obtaining the best record in the east.. dude has by far exceeded my expectations.. so here is my early congrats for the 2010-2011 mvp, kudos Drose

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    not everybody, Max

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign airs @1:00 pm.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Damn DeeDaw, if you dislike Lebron’s mom for her positive reinforcement you’d HATE the things I say to my kids lmao. Lebron may be narcissist, but that doesn’t take away from his talent or on court accomplishments. I think Kobe has the worst personality of all NBA players since Jordan, but he’s still the best winner…since Jordan. Ya’ll dudes should take it easy on the hate.

  • monkeyball

    D. Rose is the MVP for sure. Sure, Lebron and D.Howard have better stats, but Rose still should get it. He’s been the leader and carried the team through injuries, as people have said. But, and this is rarely mentioned, he’s also been the most consistent clutch performer in the L this season. Poor Stacey King in the Chicago local channel has given up trying to come up with superlatives to describe “DRose time!!!” I’ve seen every Bulls game this season: he is feared in the last five minutes, and has delivered on tons of games. BULLS!!!

  • monkeyball

    According to 82games.com I’m wrong:


  • JTaylor21

    I still don’t understand why people care so much about players’ personality.
    Are you f*cking them? Are you planning on having their baby? Are you hiring them for a job?
    Learn to separate what goes on off the court from what goes on the court, all that should matter to fans is how they perform on the hardwood *pause*

  • JoeMaMa

    Because people can’t compartmentalize a man’s worth solely on his ability to win. People are people, and look beyond basketball abilities. It’s the reason Rick Barry probably hasn’t gotten the respect he deserves, because he had such an acid tongue and annoying demeanor. Our entertainment goes beyond the basketball player, as we’re inundated with marketing campaigns, guest spots, and their quotes on selected social/political issues. Whether you or I like it, these guys become role models, as they’re accessible to mass media and live what some may call ‘extraordinary’ lives. As a result, we group in the players’ personalities into our overall view of who they are on the court. I’d say it’s a natural human tendency. At the very least, it’s been influenced by marketing efforts to have us buy X, Y, and Z. But separating a player’s personality from their performance is weird. They’re not faceless stat machines.

  • TheFactor

    @JTaylor21 – I think every fan can choose for what reasons they like or dislike certain player. Be it personality, performance or whatever. Being a fan of basketball is not just all about objectivity.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor, you almost always bring up off-court stuff when discussing Kobe.
    Is it not the same?

  • robb

    @c_cantrell yeah I thought that too. I’m a bit afraid now because some weeks ago Rose said: “why can’t we win it this year?”.

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, I used to but haven’t in a while because I learned that what they do off the court shouldn’t impact how we feel about their skills and game.

  • Dagger

    Lebron is called “King James” after the historical figure, period. It’s a media-appointed nickname, not an attempt by Lebron to appoint himself as the league’s best player (which he is). It boggles the mind that some people are too slow to grasp this, but oh well.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Fair enough.
    Personally, I think you can comment on both on-court and off-court stuff and have an opinion on both as long as the two don’t influence on another.
    For example, I can’t LeBron’s ego and a lot of the things he does and says just makes me laugh like, is this dude serious?
    But I love watching him play cause he’s one of the most talented and gifted players ever.
    But too many people rip LeBron the player, saying he sucks or he can’t do this and hasn’t done that, because they don’t like LeBron the man.
    Plus, probably the majority of players are d*cks off the court anyways.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i dont really see them winning it all.. i see them possibley in the eastern conference finals, but not the finals.. i still cant see them getting thru beantown

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The vast majority Enigmatic. And it’s due to the way we, as fans and consumers, treat them.
    Hell, many of us would be a-holes if we lived the lives they live.

  • Wall Ball…

    @c_cantrell and you’ve been wrong before…

  • http://google c_cantrell

    thats the only way to look at it bro

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Sometimes a player’s personality carries onto the court. Other times a player’s on-court personality stays on the court and the player himself is actually a very different person away from basketball. Case in point: Derrick Fisher.

  • ai come back

    THe guy has dominated all his life and he still does he was “the king” in highschool and hes basically the king now……….LeBron’s most arrogant thing was the “Descision” obviously but the thing about it is that his guys maverick and everybody esle set it up for him obviously hes is reponsible for it going through but people are influenced by other things im not vindicating him for his stupidity but pointing out that you shouldnt hate people for being human………

  • Dagger

    When talking about a player’s personality, the difference is not just between who they are on and off-court. A player might interact very differently with teammates, colleagues, hell even friends than he does with the media, through whom our impression of him is mediated. By accounts Lebron is a great teammate and a huge help to young players just entering the league. He never complained to his organization directly or indirectly while in Cleveland, and he’s represented USA basketball in 3 overseas tournaments. It also appears as though he’s been a good father, stayed out of trouble with the law and done what he could to empower his friends. To me that carries a lot of weight; that and his on-court performances allow me to look past a lot of his faults.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Dudes be hating like they get commission for it. LeBron just took himself out of the MVP race and endorsed his conference rival. He just expressed some humility, give him a break.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWlCB8mVmWw Desert Storm

    You know at this point Bron probably wouldn’t wanna say anything…but

  • http://www.theresastatforthat.blogspot.com Deron

    I don’t know if Lebron believes it, but he may be right. Wade is the most valuable player on the Heat. When he plays well,(good shot selection, limits turnovers) the Heat Win.


  • Jasmine

    Its gotta be one of these three for sure! Rose, Wade or James! Derrick has just played amazing this year bt while your at it so have Wade & James.

  • Justin

    Of course Rose is the MVP. I like the line at the end. “It will be nice once Rose gets it and we can finally stop talking about it. Oh wait, that’s clearly impossible. Never mind” Of course it’s impossible because you people at SLAM won’t stop writing about it every time someone says something about it. Tomorrow’s headline… “Nets 12th man thinks Rose is MVP”

  • http://slamonline.com Michael

    I absolutely hate the ignorant people who say Lebron is a good regular season player. Have you watched him in playoffs? 38, 8, 8 for a series and guys still hated on him cos he couldnt carry a side with no real depth. IGNORANCE will forever frustrate