A source familiar with a person involved in NBA ballot tallying has told The Associated Press that Derrick Rose will receive this year’s MVP Award.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not yet been made. That announcement could come as early as today, with a formal presentation being made before game two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
While this comes as no surprise, it is certainly nevertheless remarkable for any number of reasons. Rose becomes the Bulls’ first MVP since Michael Jordan, and only the second ever for the organization. In capturing the award for himself, he also takes the title off the mantle of LeBron James who had it sitting there for the past two seasons.
If Rose is now able to win the MVP Award five more times in his career, he will end up with more MVP’s than his Airness as well. And while that sounds crazy to think he could, and it probably is, he is as poised as anybody for that type of run based on the timing of winning his first.
At 22, Rose becomes the youngest player in league history to be named NBA MVP. Wes Unseld was 23 when he won it back in 1969.
Unfortunately for Bulls fans, this news comes the morning after Chicago dropped Game One to the Atlanta Hawks 103-95.
After averaging 25 points and 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds through the regular season, Rose did go for 24 points and 10 dimes last night. It took him a while to get going however, and that might have cost them. His first points came at the 4:58 mark in the 2nd quarter, and for the night he shot 11 of 27 from the floor. He’ll need a more MVP-like outing in Game Two for the Bulls to rebound with a win.
Maybe being presented with the MVP Trophy before Game Two will get him going earlier; Chicago will need that from their, and the league’s, best player.