CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP, becoming the youngest player in league history to win the award, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The news is hardly a surprise. Rose is the second Bulls player to win the MVP but has a ways to go before he catches Michael Jordan, who won five – but he sure is off to a good start. In his third year, the dynamic point guard led the Bulls to their best season since the Jordan-Scottie Pippen championship era.
“If I get it? It’ll be nice, unbelievable, a goal that in the beginning in the year I said I wanted to achieve,” Rose said recently when asked what the award would mean to him. “It would be huge, not only for me, but for the city.”
“Very proud. He’s earned it,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday. “Thrilled for him. He’s been everything you could ask for in a leader, player, and he’s only going to get better.”
Michael Jordan was the last Bulls player to win the award. He won it five times, with the latest being 1998. Earlier in the season, Jordan said Rose deserved the award.
Rose, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft and rookie of the year, started his first All-Star Game this year after making the team as a reserve last season. He carried a team that saw its top two big men, Carlos Boozer and Noah, miss significant time with injuries. His fellow starting guard Keith Bogans averaged just 4.4 points per game. Still, the Bulls never lost more than two games in a row.
“Well deserved,” Boozer said. “I’ve been shouting his praise all season for what he’s been able to do for our team. I’m proud of him, he deserved it.”
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