In an announcement that was little more than a formality, Derrick Rose was named the 2010-11 NBA MVP. I write this because, much to the chagrin of some, the media crowned Rose as the MVP months ago. Today it became official, as Rose was named the youngest MVP in league history at 22 years and 211 days since he popped into this world.
“Why can’t I be MVP?” Rose quipped on Press Day (America’s favorite holiday) before the season got under way. Most people took it as serious as when someone on a team like the Timberwolves says that their goal is the championship. Then the season started without the Bulls’
huge f’n bust top free agent signing, Carlos Boozer. Rose led the Bulls to their first winning record on the Circus Road Trip since the Jordan era, without Booz. The Beard came back in early December, but we would soon find out that Noah was already injured and would require surgery. Rose never took this team off its back, and the MVP whispers started to sound. And we all know what happened from there. Those whispers got louder, until it was a near consensus – as Rose pulled down 113 of the 121 possible first place votes.
Rose humbly received the award as one would expect. He thanked his mom (which was as honest and heart-felt as I have maybe ever seen in an athlete), said he was going to give the award to her, and talked about his team. Just once, I want him to pull something like, “All of you doubters at the beginning of the season, I got something for you.” Then reach underneath the podium and pull out two middle fingers. It would be out of nowhere. It would be like when Hulk Hogan joined the n.W.o. Now thinking about it, I do not think I could handle that kind of shock twice in one lifetime.
Alas, I do not think that will ever happen. I am not one who is big on individual honors, but I would be lying if I wrote that I did not care Rose won the MVP. In a day where sports is filled with a bunch of egos and theatrics, it is great to see a humble stud win this award playing in the city he grew up in.
Adidas wasted no time releasing their Rose-MVP commercial: