Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 5:30 pm  |  72 responses

UPDATE: Derrick Rose Wins the MVP Award

UPDATE: What we pretty much knew this morning is now official. Derrick Rose is the 2010-11 NBA MVP. He finished with 1,182 points including 113 first-place votes, from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA MVP fan vote. Rounding out the top five in voting are Orlando’s Dwight Howard (643 points, three first place), Miami’s LeBron James (522, four first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (428, one first-place vote) and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (190).

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

He came, he saw, he told us he would, and then he conquered.

Derrick Rose is on the verge of becoming the NBA’s youngest MVP ever.

Coming off a spectacular regular season, during which he (along the Bulls’ stifling defense) led Chicago to the best overall record in the L, it was never really in doubt who the most valuable player in the Association was this year.

The Chicago Tribune
has the details:

On the eve of training camp, Derrick Rose famously and rhetorically asked why he couldn’t be the NBA’s most valuable player. Rose, according to multiple sources familiar with the announcement, will get this answer on Tuesday: He can. Rose, sources said, will receive the award during a Tuesday afternoon news conference at a local hotel. Commissioner David Stern will present it to him again before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Hawks on Wednesday at the United Center.

At 22 years, 7 months, Rose will become the youngest MVP in NBA history, supplanting 1969 winner and Hall of Famer Wes Unseld by roughly five months. And he will do so by taking a huge jump, becoming the first MVP winner since Dave Cowens in 1973 to win the award without receiving one vote the previous year.

Rose, for the most part, has reverted to his aw-shucks routine when asked about the award since asking his pre-training camp question. But he grew reflective over the weekend when asked what he would do with the award, saying he would give it to his mother, Brenda. She also has Rose’s Rookie of the Year award, won after the Bulls selected him with the first overall pick before the 2008-09 season. “If anything, she’ll probably steal it from me if I do get it,” Rose said. “That would be a great (Mother’s Day) gift if I could give it to her.”

It may be awards season in Chicago, but the team finds itself with much larger concerns.

They’re now in a somewhat unexpected dogfight against the Atlanta Hawks, who shocked the Bulls by taking Game 1 in convincing fashion last night.

Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose will need to prove all over again why they’ve each been annointed as the best in the biz over the course of this second round series.

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  • http://Slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Englewood, stand up!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

  • bull22

    CONGRATS DERRICK, your hardwork and determination has paid off… even though the big three in miami shunned playing in chicago with you, you showed that you were your own man and carried this team on your back and made everyone around you better.. thats more then any chicago fan can ask for! go bulls!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Don’t sprain your ankle again by getting the award from Stern tho.

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

    Congrats to D. Rose, well deserved.

  • http://airtsinelas21.blogspot.com Roy

    Well deserved.

  • rich

    congrats he had a great season on both ends of the ball

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I hope he can get through the playoffs healthy, would be a bitter end to a great season.

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

    To no one’s surprise, congrats to derrick.


    Congrats to Rose, now here is your fishing pole. Sincerely, Atlanta Hawks.

  • http://kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    Remember when he came out and said that he could be MVP and a lot of people blew him off? Yeah, look who has the last word now.

  • AD

    WE KNEW he won this moths ago… why even post this….?


    1st the COY. Now the MVP. Feels like its 1996 again w/the awards (minus the 6th man and General Manager of the year awards). Congrats Derrick. Well deserved

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

    did the knicks catch any keepers, ORANGE? i mean, they’ve been fishing for like a week and half now right?

  • the black deron williams

    Congrats D-Rose! Now hopefully he can break the curse of the MVP award… No MVP has won the championship since 03…

  • Angel of Stern

    well deserved no doubt.

  • k Dub

    D Rose im happy for you now please stop playing around with the hawks and show them why you won the MVP award!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Congrats to the youngest doing it!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Dude was well deserving of the award and had a great season.

  • bull22

    @iamorangeforever, har,har,har not funny…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jeff Teague demands a recount!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    But seriously, congrats to D-Rose. Truly deserves it, he needs to carry over some of that play to the real season.

  • JTaylor21

    The MVP hasn’t played like one so far in the postseason.

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

    cuz of yesterday’s game? he damn near averaged 30 points and 7 assists against indy and lead them in 4th quarter comebacks.
    and its a regular season award, but of course you don’t care about the regular season.

  • Thawindy

    So who is that AIRHEAD BULLS fan who post under RunNGun?! Act like you know! ROFL

  • bashmo

    JTaylor is right. Airs you are aware that DRose is shooting around 38 percent in the playoffs right? thats terrible. And from three he is shooting even worse. His efficiency is horrendous, but he is getting to the line and converting. Great reg.season nonetheless.

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


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

    his “efficiency” should come as no surprise.
    look, i know they lost last night, and its inexcusable.
    but rose has played this way all year and it got them 62 W’s and past the first round. so how can you say efficiency is taking away from him.
    i still believe bulls take this series and in the end, with drose leading them, and isn’t that all that matters?

  • bashmo

    The Bulls won the first round because of DRose obviously. But often what happened was DRose shot them out of the game with three point attempts, and in the fourth quarter attacked the basket and brought them back and rallied. This style of play led to a poor FG percentage. My point is that if Rose is going to take 20+ Shots and only make 7-8 of them, best believe someone else has to step up when the time comes. And yesterday that didn’t happen.

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

    actually, what didn’t happen was the defense.
    boozer was a pleasant surprise, but he still needs to do more. and deng put in his usual 17-20.
    however, the bench did need to do more.
    derrick still got his 24 and 10, but he just wasn’t as aggressive as he will be in the upcoming games. i expect more trips to the foul line.

  • doyouwantmore

    I bet Chris Paul is seething with rage.

  • AD

    @ AIRS Once drose makes his teamates better and learns how to be more effecient maybe they can get out of the con finals but drose shoots too much 3s.. pluss its anooying how westbrook gets critizized but drose doesn’t

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

    the whole russ v. rose debate is getting too tired to rehash, you can see arguments for that in the post up. too lazy.

  • ThaWindy

    Who ever you are..Please STOP posting under my phucking name.
    Englewood is standing and poppin ranks!

  • Cizzo

    In past years te M.v.P. RACE HAS BEEN close, but this year it’s unanomous… The pride of the the Midwest is prominent!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zog

    The hawks r going to shut down d rose and take this series in 6 so the mvp will lose again

  • bike

    The reason Rose is the MVP is because of his explosive athletic ability. He has a very high ratio of fast-twitch to slow_twitch muscle fibers.

  • mj23

    he should not be yhe mvp check this article http://hoopsapedia.webs.com/2011nbamvprace.htm

  • zeekthefreak

    mj23, That article has bad grammar and sounds like you wrote it. He obviously deserves it. Take LeBron away from the Heat and they still have DWade and Bosh. They could be just as good. Take Derrick away from the Bulls, the team lacks the player that scores and creates plays for other players. I see no good argument in denying the fact that he deserves it this year. And there isn’t any good proof no matter what anybody says. If someone says he didn’t/doesn’t deserve it, guess what, he’s getting it anyways and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do about it. So shut up and watch him get crowned.

  • mj23

    read the damn the article and i benn teaching english for8 months with breaks so shut up dumb us i am not from usa england

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    F*ck efficiency.
    62-20. That’s being efficient.

  • smoovemann

    Duh!! congrats homeboy did his thing

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Enjoy it, Kiddo!

  • block

    D-rose you did the chi proud homeboy. Only 22 and he will only get better which is scary….

  • gol d roger


  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    He deserved it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Congratz D.Rose

  • Donny

    very deserving winner. Congrats d.rose.

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    @Gol D Roger …what? and congrats to the well deserved MVP D-Rose.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Damn, that is scary to think he’s only 22 tho…

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    it has now been verified that derrick had someone else play the season for him. the mvp will have to be forfeited and all records expunged. derrick has no comment.

  • rich

    he may not be an efficent shooter from the field but when u compare him with a wade or lebron he is just as efficent because he gets to the line a lot and shoots 85% the only other signifigant ft attempters that shoot like that are durant and kobe, if u ask me thats good company as a scorer

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    how can it be scary? teams will only lock him down more on a consistent basis now that the league has his attention. he wont get faster than he already is. if i remember how aging works, hell only get slower.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Teams have been trying to lock him down – ALL. F*CKING. YEAR.
    Him winning the MVP won’t suddenly make the other 29 teams try that much harder to stop him, they’ve already been trying and mostly failing!
    And you are SERIOUSLY tripping if you wanna talk about aging.
    AGING? We talkin’ bout aging?!? He’s 22 years old! Come on now!!!

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    i just dont think he will be any faster than he already is. he uses both hands in very difficult layups. what more can we be scared of, a third hand? i mean he already improved his 3pt shooting. what more can he add thats gonna be a lot scarier than his skillset already possess in the present?

  • Joblo

    Everything, u shouldn’t b allowed to talk on here cuz u sound like a complete moron. If u knew anything about basketball then u would realize he is not a perfect player and there are things he can improve on, but he’s pretty damn good right now

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    like what joblo? please list them and share your expertise. im just saying that whatever he might be able to improve on isnt just that scary as most proclaim it to be. what post up moves? better passing? fadeaway? still not scary to me you phukking bytch. shut ur mouth stop pretending you know everything.

  • HAM!

    How did Scalabrine not win?


    well deserved, but its gonna be a while before he gets a ring to go with it..

  • gol d roger

    look at his fg and 3pt perc. in the playoffs. he cant play against good defences. i bet he wont have a ring at the end of his carreer.

  • mj23

    gol d roger
    no man he always shots bad 44fg%in RS

  • mj23

    When D Rose was on the court the Bulls outscored the opponent by 8.74 points per 100 possessions, when D Rose was not on the court the Bulls outscored the opponent by 6.3 points per 100 possessions. That’s a 2.44 point decrease that the Bulls endured without Rose on the court.

    When LeBron James was on the court the Heat outscored the opponent by 10.33 points per 100 possessions, when LeBron James was not on the court (usually Wade and/or Bosh stayed on when LBJ was not on the court), but when LBJ was not on the court the Heat outscored the opponent by 1.01 points per 100 possessions. That’s a 9.32 point decrease that the Heat endured without LeBron on the court.

    So to summarize, the Bulls’s production dropped 2.44 points per 100 possessions without Rose, the Heat’s production dropped 10.32 points per 100 possessions without LeBron. That sums up the entire “the Bulls needed Rose more than the Heat needed LeBron” myth.

  • mj23

    lebron has beter players?i dont thinks so read what i post above

  • mj23

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=278u7OXd1HQ&feature=channel_video_title and watch this if you want know the DAMN TRUTH this is part1

  • mj23

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=278u7OXd1HQ&feature=channel_video_title WATCH IT WATCH IT IF YOU WONT TO KNOW THE TRUTH!

  • mj23

    and check this http://hoopsapedia.webs.com/2011nbamvprace.htm link its a breakdown of who slould be mvp

  • mj23

    and the ft%man take all the mvp awards from shaq timy wilt chamberlain bill russell

  • mj23
  • mj23

    hahahahahaha the dread guy :P

  • mj23

    and d rose step up!he is playing like shit right now c mon i depend on you dude step the fuckin up dont shot jack DAMN!

  • JD

    wow slam must be feeling pretty good about that pre-season cover now

  • http://www.trueessencemedia.com kunehua

    Had to create this vid to show some love for the MVP-on-and-off the court: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_wpkZG8zjE