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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  33 responses

Alvin Gentry: Derrick Rose is the ‘Runaway MVP’

Another day, another coach annoints DRose as the League’s most valuable player. Rinse, lather, repeat: “As he informed the Bulls official scorer of his starting lineup in the Suns locker room Tuesday night, Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry joked he’d rather see Michael Jordan in the Bulls lineup than Derrick Rose. ‘But that’s just because Michael is 48,’ laughed Gentry. As he met reporters, though, Gentry wasn’t kidding around when he talked about Rose’s talents and the potential of the Bulls in the postseason. ‘You put a healthy team out there with [Joakim] Noah and [Carlos] Boozer, along with everybody else, and they’ve got as good as a chance as anybody to win the East,’ said Gentry. ‘I don’t know why they wouldn’t be [the favorites]. They’ve got everything they need. The inexperience that Rose has, I don’t think it really matters,’ added Gentry. ‘In theory, that sounds good—that he’s a little inexperienced and he’s only been around awhile—but in actuality, the guy is as good as anyone playing. To me, the guy is the runaway MVP of the league.’”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *snickers*

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

    ‘In theory, that sounds good—that he’s a little inexperienced and he’s only been around awhile—but in actuality, the guy is as good as anyone playing.’
    word.

  • SchW

    true dat, true dat!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Is a candy bar.

  • MUBWAR

    Instead of Rose worry about your team Gentry. And why aren’t you starting Marcin Gortat over that failure Lopez?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Bryan Crawford: *snickers*

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

    DROSE MVP….but take compliments like criticism……LIGHTLY

  • Anthony

    out of all the years i watched the nba… i cant recall other coaches making mvp predictions…. even players……… Just give it 2 him already

  • tommywu

    Dwight Howard will not be the MVP this year because unfortunately, I don’t think people value what he does as much as what a guard does. In the past, the game was about winning and about being the better player. However, nowadays, the game is built on trying to show up the opposition by crossing them, dunking on them and such. Dwight Howard deserves the MVP award as much as Shaquille O’Neal did in the past, but unfortunately, it won’t happen this year. I see Derrick Rose becoming the MVP because he has led his team to levels which they have never reached, allowing Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer to play better than their norm.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Mub he said he didn’t want to kill Lopez’ confidence….(IMO that died a long time ago, but oh well)

  • bull22

    straight up the truth, brother alvin gentry….

  • MUBWAR

    loooooool nbk. This is not elementary school. This fools are getting millions and he didn’t want to kill his confidence? Gortat is underrated. Ask the Magic about him. Whenever Howard takes a water break, the other team is on a 10-0 run.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Mub were you hear around the time of the trade? I was the only person saying I would have done the trade a million times over just for Gortat. I thought he would average a double double for phoenix, which he came very close to. And I think they might try and trade Lopez, so that also might have played into it, keep his stock up by making it look like he could be equal or better then gortat in the coaches opinion. There was a stretch this season where he’d start, and then sit all the rest of the game but the garbage minutes at the end of the 3rd start of the 4th.

  • Towelie

    *cue in Kanye West music*

  • Byebye

    Get rose some more candy an he’ll be throwing up in the big games
    U can’t win in the NBA with a score first point guard ask tim hardaway
    Rose won’t be able to split double teams in the playoffs like the reg season

  • Byebye

    I’ll take John wall over rose as a better player next year
    The wiz don’t have the pieces yet

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

    lol the anti d.rose sentiment is just crazy. he gonna continue to do his thang tho. what ppl dont see though is his will and killer is probably the strongest we’ve seen in this league since kobe showed up. ppl say you cant win with a PG like rose but really has there ever been a PG like rose? not in my recollection

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @MUBWAR. Um. Gortat IS starting…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLkX97Wc6VU Desert Storm

    Thank you coach Gentry. No more room in the band wagon though. Kick SVG off and you can even bring your lady friend.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    IAMORANGE4EVER is just salty cause Amare and Melo are getting NO love for MVP, deservedley so.

  • Bulls2011champs

    Murmur

  • Bulls2011champs

    ^mis-post^ Byebye stop hogging the blunt and pass that sh*t because you must be high out yo mind to write some crazy jibber jabber like that!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bye bye
    Isiah Thomas would like a word with you as would Tony Parker and Chauncey Billups.

  • Byebye

    Zeek led the league in assists a couple times plus he wasn’t the first second an third option for the pistons Tony Parker isn’t and won’t be the spurs no 1 option on offense and mr big shot wasn’t the first option on the pistons and I do have that real purp going on

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    What do Gentry, Doc Rivers, and Doug Collins and all these other NBA coaches know?
    The REAL experts like Colin Cowherd and John Hollinger think Rose isn’t the “runaway MVP”!
    *Sarcasm ^

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    byebye

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    …loser

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Enigmatic: Torpedo of Truth… I’m not salty.

  • Byebye

    Sic Rick
    Plain sick

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Funny.
    Rose was splitting double and triple teams with no problem against the Celtics in 2009 (19.7, 6.3 and 6.4 against the top defense and the defending champs)
    AND the Cavs in 2010 (26.8, 7.2 and 3.4 per)

  • Turk

    rose has only improved because of scalabrinni

  • Byebye

    When was these stats put up last yr in playoffs he ave 24
    And I don’t remember no 7 ast

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