Rose’s MVP Case Closed

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – What else do you need to see from Derrick Rose to believe that if nothing else, his name should be the first one out of your mouth when we start the MVP conversation?

We understand that the analytical crowd has presented a very impressive case as to why Rose should not take home that trophy. But we watched him shred the Celtics last night on TNT, doing the same thing to one of the NBA’s best defensive teams that he has done to basically every team (and everyone) in the league all season.

And we just can’t escape the fact that our eyes keep seeing something that the stat crowd apparently is missing. If you’re the best player on the floor every night and your team continues to beat back the competition and is a strong candidate to be the league’s best, then shouldn’t Rose’s MVP case be closed by now? The Bulls are 58-20 and barring a catastrophe, they’ll finish atop the Eastern Conference standings.

At least TNT’s Kevin McHale and Steve Smith (above) agree with us about Rose.

Celtics star Kevin Garnett seemed to agree with us about Rose, “They’re not chanting MVP for nothing, his play is doing all the talking,” and the Bulls, “We got our [behind] kicked. I haven’t recalled that in a while,” after last night’s 97-81 thumping at the United Center.

Rose should have a much easier time wrestling away that MVP trophy away from two-time winner LeBron James than the Bulls will in trying to unseat the Celtics as the Eastern Conference champs.

As thick as the MVP race has become this season — Rose, James, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant‘s names are the most common among the top four — the Eastern Conference playoff chase should be even thicker.

The Bulls starting that race in the pole position is just one more reason Rose is as deserving as anyone of the MVP votes that are sure to come his way.

This also means the Bulls will enter the postseason with pressure few of them can comprehend. This group still has to win its first playoff series, an added pressure that David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune put in perfect context:

Deservedly, the Bulls remain the favorites in the East. But realistically, at this point, the Bulls have to advance to the Finals to meet soaring expectations they will try hard to ignore.

For a team still looking to win its first playoff series in the Derrick Rose Era, that’s considerable pressure. And uncertainty can be the residue of pressure. It’s the Bulls’ only unknown.

“But it’s good pressure,” [Joakim] Noah said. “Being the No. 1 seed is a positive. You play Game 7, you’re at home. That’s the way we should see it, not as added pressure.”

Nobody asks how the Celtics will handle pressure.

The Heat won’t go away without a whimper. The Magic pose a challenge because of Dwight Howard. But on every Eastern Conference playoff team’s GPS, the directions to the Finals still go through Boston.

Not that Chicagoans seem worried about the direction of the Bulls, as [Celtics coach Doc] Rivers found out during a recent trip home.

“I was in town last week to see my son (Austin) play here (in the McDonald’s All-American game) and going through the airport, all the trash-talking,” Rivers said. “I’m like, ‘My gosh, Chicago is awake again. That’s nice.”’

Chicago is awake again because of Derrick Rose!

169 Comments

  1. lolol says:

    rose is good. but he is just the mvp in his team not the entire nba.
    lebron shld be the mvp of the entire nba becus he make large impact in which ever team he goes or play with.

    if we compare rose n lebron just by who will make the most impact against any team, it is obvious lebron will get it. and i think MVP= most valuable player. so lebron should get it

  2. LHix Pinas says:

    @PRIX: Ano ka ba?…wala naman mga all star ng BOSTON natural kakainin lang ng buo ng Chicago bulls yan..At kung mag MVP man si Rose ,siya na ang worst na naging MVP sa NBA. Mga bitter kasi commentator at analyst sa ibang mas-nararapat na MVP candidates.Syempre ang ipipicture nila ung gusto lang nila…how about yong bet ng iba..ano tawag diyan..BIAS..ano pa nga ba

  3. LHix Pinas says:

    @HEAT4BRON: Right ka diyan. Masyado lang bitter yong mga player na inggit sa kanya at mga analyst at commentator.. syempre gayagaya na lang yan ng pag likes, pride na kasi ang pinag uusapan bilang isang analyst at commentators. Mga walang tiwala sa sarili. At hindi kaya panindiganan ang bet nila huh. siguro takot din sila mapahiya at ma-booed kapag si Lebron ang pinili nila maging MVP..nyahaha

  4. LHix Pinas says:

    Ano ka ba?…wala naman mga all star ng BOSTON natural kakainin lang ng buo ng Chicago bulls yan..At kung mag MVP man si Rose ,siya na ang worst na naging MVP sa NBA. Mga bitter kasi commentator at analyst sa ibang mas-nararapat na MVP candidates.Syempre ang ipipicture nila ung gusto lang nila…how about yong bet ng iba..ano tawag diyan..BIAS..ano pa nga ba…

  5. Connerxlc says:

    Does anyone notice that the Bull’s are in the worst division in the league? Its the only division with only one team over the .500 mark (Bulls). They obviously got the majority of their blowout victories in division games. First round match versus Indiana? Piece of cake for them. Second round? They wont win a single game, and Rose won’t be able to do a thing about it.

  6. HEAT4BRON says:

    WITH ALL ADVERSITY THAT JAMES HAS FACED THROUGH OUT THE YEAR SINCE DIVORCING CAVS, AND BEING BOOED IN ALMOST EVERY AMERICAN ARENA, DAY IN DAY OUT PLUS ALL NEGATIVE STUFF SARROUNDING JAMES AS WELL AS THE HEAT, LEBRON KEPT STRIVING FOR HIS GAME AND HAD AN EXCELLENT SEASON COMPARE TO NO ONE IN THE LEAGUE.

    YOU CANNOT HIDE LEBRON NUMBERS, HE HAS BIGGER NUMBERS THAN ROSE PERIOD

    THEREFORE JUST BECAUSE SOME MEDIA FRENZY PICKED ROSE, AND EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE SAME TREND SINCE THEN ID DOESNT MEAN THE LEAGUE WILL JUST HAND IT OVER TO ROSE INSTEAD OF LEBRON.

    WHOEVER PRODUCED BETTER STATS THAN OTHERS DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEASON SHOULD BE MVP

    THEREFORE NUMBERS DONT LIE, AND THE LEAGUE CANT HIDE THEM THEREFORE LEBRON JAMES SHOUD BE REWARDED FOR HIS HARD WORK ALL ROUND GAME 2010-11 SEASON MVP !!!

  7. derrick rose is the mvp..that”s for sure but in the finals, the miami heat and the.lakers will put their game on!!!

  8. Clark86 says:

    The only problem the heat is facing is the coaching part. If Pat Riley was the coach of the HEAT now, it could have been better… or even the best. With regards to MVP talk, we know lebron’s trade from cavs to heat was a big issue and every time he play on any opponent’s court, crowd would always Boo him and this is so unfair. He is striving hard for his team. Just look at his stats. It shows. I still go for Lebron for MVP.

  9. When the MIAMI HEAT get googd team chemistry as time goes by.. they will be the best team in the nba

  10. THE MIAMI HEAT do not have good chemistry yet that”s why their only at no. 2 in the east.. their 54 wins were all because of talents.. stats-wise lebron deserves to be crowned MVP..

  11. LA Fan says:

    Im La fan, but greetings for Chicago fans, you got your new MJ. I know its early for predictions, but this Rose got MJ potential. Real pleasure to watch him play against his opponents, especially Rondo :) . Don’t be disappointed if the title this year stays in LA . There are lot of titles ahead this team of Chicago, in years to come. My prediction, next year – Rose will be MVP of the finals .

  12. marco says:

    Only I can tell you this… 2008-2009 cleveland coach MIke brown Coach of the year MVP Lebron James
    2010-2011 chicago probable coach Tom Thibodeau coach of the year and Rose likely Mvp
    But in Playoff everything is diferent….

  13. Connerxlc says:

    Why doesnt anyone from the Spurs have anyone on the mvp list?! They’ve been THE BEST team in the league throughout the whole season so you’d expect at least some consideration for their best players, right? Well unfortunately, they aren’t getting any at all. I don’t think Tim, Tony, or Manu deserve to actually get the award but to be in the bid for it. I actually still think their good enough to make it to the Finals this year. Winning a game in the finals is about as likley as Karl Malone coming out of retirement, but if they meet the Bulls there, expect a 4 game sweep and a 5th ring in San Antonio.

  14. Connerxlc says:

    Unlike everyone else, I honestly think Rose is overrated. Everybody keeps saying he’s doing it all for Chicago, but the other role players on the team iare the biggest reason they are on top of the Eastern Conference. With that said, Rose is still by far the best player on the team, but not in the league. I think the reason he’s so overrated is that basketball fans (especially in Chicago) are anxious for the next Michael Jordan level player to start a new dynasty in the windy city. That doesnt mean that they want someone to finally replace Michael Jordans legend (no one will ever do that) but they miss the excitment he brought to the game along with success. He’s no where near as good as Michael Jordan and never will be, but no one else is either. I personally think Lebron”s acheivments were greater this year. The way he was dedicated to win was what made the 3 superstars gell and mesh so quickly, and, even though he had to share the ball with the other 3, he still managed to average over 26 points a game. In addition to that, he’s probably been holding back for the playoffs. In the playoffs, Rose won’t be able to match the hunger that the Heat, Celtics, and even the Magic will be full of. Rose has been playing full-throttle all season along and by the time the playoffs role in, Rose will be all out of his incredible explosiveness, and the Bulls will fall flat in the 2nd round. Is Rose really the best player in the NBA? No, not yet, but i anxiously wait for when he will be. By then he’ll be more experienced and able to conserve his explosivness and use it in more convient moments; instead of turning an easy win into an ugly and boring blowout.

  15. DERRICK ROSE IS MVP…bulls beat the magic yesterday and rose had 39 pts…come on!! whatelse does he gotta prove…mvp case is closed….BULLS ALL THE WAY!! bulls will win tomorrow again aganist the knicks….can’t wait

  16. lambo says:

    everybody is a bulls fan now they are number one….wow…….people change their names as well as teams when something is going right for them……cavs vs bulls last season didnt hear a peep from bulls fans….but now they are the number 1 seed….go bulls go….thats all you hear lol you bulls fans are jumping out of trees and bushes just to be on NBA.com to talk about the bulls…..playoff time around the corner….now lets see what my heat or my lebron is going to do………..KING James all the way baby #6…….no disrespect to all you faithful bull fans either:)

  17. airjoca says:

    People tend to forget it’s Most Valuable Player, not Best Player.

    If the award always went to the best player, Michael Jordan would’ve won 10 MVPS…

  18. Truthspeaker says:

    Really? You call yourself a sports analyist? You base your “case” on oppinion and not facts. The Bulls have the best defense in the league and the best defensive 2nd unit in the league. Rose hurts their teams defense (when he’s on the court the bulls give up 8 points per 100 posessions). And just because his play style is exciting doesn’t make him the best player in the league. He’s one of the most inconsistant stars and is 3rd in missed shots. FOR GODS SAKE LOUL DENG HAS A HIGHER /- than Rose. The Bulls would be just fine without him. On the other hand the Heat would be nothing without LeBron. He’s their offense, defense, and point guard. He’s the greatest player in the game. Stop acting like Rose is the only player that does well for the Bulls.

    • Connerxlc says:

      Your absolutely right. The Heat’s improvement this year is all about the addition of James, Bosh, and several others. Derrick Rose has been on the Bulls a few years now, and his improvements as a player can’t even be the majority of the reason they’re so much better this year. That means he’s not the biggest reason they’re the best in the Conference this year!

  19. bej says:

    all teams are all compatetive and unpredicatable!I think effective defense and offense will decide the game!

  20. bej says:

    let’s see in the playoffs! The Boston Celtics is just heating up!lol

  21. Ice Pogi says:

    And for the lakers…Threepeat might be just a dream for them… the road is getting rough…..It has a lot of bumps and humps…. first San Antonio with the beast record… secondly Dallas….. Third OKC…. and the blazers…..With Perks on OKC and Wallace on the Blazers…. Geeez that’s a lot of road blocks for the lakers….kobe isn’t going anywhere… Kobe should blame the GM’s of OKC and Blazers if that happen… Stop blaming your teammates…No offense on D Rose…. He’s a great guy… one of the best in the league… but he’s the only one doing it for the bulls… If he wins the MVP he deserve it… hands down he’s the MVP…. But for the playoffs… that’s a different story….. I may still stick with the HEAT….. It’s MIAMI HEAT in the EAST…. for the West it’s really unclear…..

  22. Ice Pogi says:

    Its Miami or Celtics… The way Heat is playing obviously its miami….Yeah Chicago seats no. 1 in the east… But It can’t guarantee them a ring….WHo in the Bulls has a finals experience???? WHO???? N-O-N-E….. Reg season and Playoffs are not the same… Like the Cavs in the past… Leading the East with best record??? Look what happened??? For now its MIAMI or boston… Dwade been there already and he knows what it feels like….Lebron been there too but coming short in his trip to finals…..He knew that He can’t do it alone and no has…. But now He’s ready…..the way HEAT are playing they should be in the no.1 seed…. At least they’re doing good in their 1st year……Boston MAYBE…if Allen or KG leading them… they might have a chance… Paul Pierce??? What can he do??? Nothing…. If the Buls get Howard or a shooting guard like Dwade… Then its really over for the league…as of now…. They we’re just a good team…..Sorry but that’s the TRUTH…..

  23. jeff says:

    lakers vs bulls in finals.. lakers will win game 6..

  24. Mike says:

    D-Wade deserves to be MVP just as much as Kobe or Lebron. Wade has been exceptional this year and deserves recognition for his accomplishments. he is a Dynamic player!!!!

    • get down or lay down says:

      D-WADE is a CLOWN i repeat D-WADE is a CLOWN he let QUEEN JAMES come take his TEAM what he do deserve for that is no more reconition ever he should have came home and maybe he would have won second runner up just like he is now GO BULLS D-ROSE MVP this year and next year BACK 2 BACK HATERS.

  25. Mike says:

    DWYANE WADE MVP! DWYANE WADE MV3!!! DWYANE WADE da best player in da league!!! DWYANE WADE creates his own moves and crossovers and his plays. DWYANE WADE MVP!!! DWYANE WADE is da FLASH!!!

  26. Mike says:

    In my OPINION i think DWYANE WADE deserves MVP! DWYANE WADE is underrated player, which i mean by that is DWYANE WADE is been scoring over 25pts a game and he plays da best defense and DWYANE WADE makes his team much better. DWYANE WADE deserves MVP! Dwyane Wade mvp was stolen last year by Dwight Howard. IN my OPINION DWYANE WADE deserves to be MVP!!!! DWYANE WADE MVP!!! Don’t hate cuz its my opinion!!! DWYANE WADE MVP!!!! DWYANE WADE MVP!!! DWYANE WADE MVP!!! Dwyane WAde is da best player!!!

  27. thanx says:

    i’m a bulls fan. yes, there’ no contest on MVP race. It’s Derrick Rose. but when it comes to playoff. every team is equal. it’s very much different from season. It’s NBA, “Where Amazing Happens”… Go Bulls

  28. Jecho says:

    LOL! Why are arguing for nothing? We can’t tell by now who will win or who will loose. The real game is just starting and we can’t predict it because in NBA everything is unpredictable, everything is impossible and because in NBA is where amazing things happen. Chicago is a good team but we can’t put a period on it. Heat, Celtics and more teams will play harder like them. Even the weakest team in NBA can defeat the strongest team. Being #1 is not important, home court advantage is not important too, What matters most is how they will play as a team and as an individual. Home court advantage? it doesn’t really matter if your team is good then no matter what or whose court it is you will win. Let us see it when the playoffs starts. Thank you!

  29. jason fowler says:

    Bulls/Lakers n the finals………

  30. Ace says:

    i am a fan of lebron, i wish that he could still get the mvp, but when we look at the individual stats and team stats there are to many candidate and deserving to have that mvp. rose, kobe, lebron, durant, howard, paul, who ever wins it i think they all deserve it.

  31. viliamel says:

    im a a fan of rose but for me they need to be in the finals before the world could say that he is the mvp….on their way to the finals the east contenders will blocked their way like the celtics,orland, and my favorite team miami….i just hope and pray that they will not met in eastern finals coz its gonna be the heat win….go miami and rose ur still the mvp…

  32. Kiwi says:

    Why does no one see Altanta winning, they truely are the best all round team just haven’t clicked yet and this is the year!

  33. robld says:

    Rose is going to get it..done deal already. Just for the record, the Bulls will have a tough time in the playoffs. Nothings promised to any of the top 4 teams. But what people are missing in this whole mvp flap is that Rose is elevating his team the way Jordan did, the way Kobes been the past couple years. Mark my words, if the Bulls pull it off Rose is going to end up in the hall of fame barring any serious injuries. Remember that when Lebrons legacy is buried.

    • Connerxlc says:

      Sorry, but Rose will never match up to the legacies Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. I know thats what everybody in Chicago wants and have convinced themselves its gonna happen, but its not. Derrick Rose has a long way to go until we can even try to agrue this. He could surpase Lebron if he keeps the finals away from him, but its hard to see that happening also.

  34. sesnet says:

    LEbron All THE way… KING JAMES rules

  35. jason fowler says:

    All of u idiots who think rose isn’t the mvp. Let me break it down 4 u….. Unlike queen james he actually has a winning record against winning teams. Lebron doesn’t. He took his team 4rm 8th to 1st. Dwight howard has a legit argument, but considering the way the started and how they r gonna finish. He won’t be ur mvp. He went 4rm 1st to 4th. And 2 u boston fans. Oan: u r not the same team that won a chip n 08 and last season. Vital pieces have been removed. No perk, no marquise daniels, no tony allen no championship. Look I’m not saying boston is going away. Cuz their not. U have 2 put them away. But the bulls r coming. U ppl can hate all u want but u can’t stop the rise of rose and the bulls. And heat fans….. Good luck. U don’t even have relief 4 ur big 2 and a half. No bench means no chance. Rose 4 mvp n a runaway…….

    • Gary says:

      That’s a horrible argument in Rose’s defense but good trash talk. Anyway enjoy it while you can because Chicago will be the biggest upset in the playoffs.

    • Connerxlc says:

      You really think the Heat have no good supporting players!? James and Bosh weren’t the only players they landed in hte offseason, and since they aquired those 2, other role players have been flocking to Miami cause they know they’re gonna win the championship, and they wanna be part of it. You should stop making Bull fans looking so dumb.

  36. FLorence says:

    you think that rose gonna get the MVP award well think again, i think lebron gonna get the MVP award because see, when he left the cavs , cavs didnt won a championship, but he led the cavs into playoofs, even finals, top team in the nba, thats all lebron do for the cavs, but the heat in the previous year heat was bearly defeated by any other team, but now, the heats are in the 2nd spot by now, thats the difference when lebron go into heat, see, i think lebron deserves the mvp award. thats all.

  37. james cruz says:

    IT’S OVER! D. ROSE MVP!!!!!!

  38. olsen says:

    @kingsfan and bulls eye
    im an avid of the miami but i love rose, i like him how to play basketball. you could make arguments in both of his MVP seasons that there were other players who deserved them. i was saying the miami won in the east finalsI. just really hope that i won’t be disappointed. hahaha idiot!

  39. 3Peat,17,6 says:

    i was sayin lakers and boston in the finals since the beginning of the season but now with perkins gone idk i think chicago has a chance…it would be nice 2 get some revenge…91 finals all over again but kobe vs rose instead of mj(23) vs mj(32)…hahaha

    • Connerxlc says:

      Seriously, Rose isn’t Michael Jordan, actually, he’s far, far from him and always will be just like everyone else. Same goes for Kobe and Magic. Earvin Johnson was nicknamed Magic for a reason… Kobe has never had that magic and never will.

  40. Isaac A says:

    i see idiots saying kobe is shooting 45% by the way derrick rose is shooting 44.1% MVP = most valuable player in the league not best offensive player in the league and by the way thats durant mvp candidates should be offensive and defense which is dwight howard even though i want kobe to win it so bad lol

  41. Zac says:

    I’m a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls, i love D.Rose and he is hands down the MVP, but these raised expectations make me really nervous for the playoffs to come because getting the number 1 seed raises the bar so high. Everyone talks as if its a cakewalk for the Bulls to make the conference finals but not many people on this team have gone past the first round, not to mention meeting Orlando in the conference semifinals which isn’t in anyway a pushover (hopefully Dwight Howard doesn’t decapitate Rose like he did twice last year). I know Derrick always performs better in the playoffs, and statistically Boozer does as well, but you just never know cause its the playoffs. The playoffs is a totally different story, and teams have a 0-0 record and are starting from scratch. I still have lots of hope in the Bulls to go far in the playoffs, but Miami, Boston, Orlando heck even Indiana could raise their game to another level. Miami’s got the big two and a half, the half (Bosh of course) having minimal playoff experience but Wade and Lebron have both made the finals before, Wade is a NBA champion and have plenty of playoff experience, Lebron as well even. I don’t even need to mention the Celtics considering they have around 4 Hall of Famers on their team. What do the Bulls have? Rose who never made it past the first round, albeit being amazing, spectacular and the MVP. Carlos Boozer who doesn’t hold his own on defence but is a force on offence. Noah who’s not really in top shape right now. I just really hope that i won’t be disappointed.

  42. Adam Washousky says:

    Amare’ for MVP

    • Connerxlc says:

      …. Yeah, cause his team is one of the top playoff seeds in the legue… cause he constantly beat other teams night after night as the undisputed best player on his team… not! Those are all thing Rose has done! I’m not even a fan of Rose! I don’t thik he should win mvp, but he definitly deserves the award over Amare

  43. Youme says:

    None is perfect, that’s autoMATHic…Fo’sho Rose is a big player, but not the only one in the league..All I can say that he’s deserving it, so let him have that Chance!!
    Thank you!

  44. Kobe says:

    Rose for MVP best player this season.

  45. Ben Leaf says:

    That the Heat will crush the Bulls in the second round is an absurd statement because the Heat can’t even meet the Bulls until the ECF. In any case, Ice Cold D-Rose aka The Great Poohdini will put this argument to rest by the end of the second round against the Magic or Atlanta. If you’re still against his candidacy by then, you’re just being obstinate.

    Tell you what, it would be nice to meet the Heat in the ECF (they might beat the Cs), then you’ll really see who’s better.

    On second thought, it doesn’t matter: if you actually watch the games (I’ve watched every Bulls game this season and a lot of the Heats), you wouldn’t question D Rose’s supremacy this year. Frankly, if what he’s done so far doesn’t convince you, I don’t think a ring will.

  46. jer says:

    Lebron’s is not getting my vote because of the crying and drama that the Heat did when they went on their little losing streak. That was just pathetic and not even worth showing on Sports Center. What a joke. It just shows that he and his new team are not invincible.

    • Wade says:

      Lebron was probably never going to get you vote crying or not. Right?

      • Maestro says:

        If he cries on ESPN, I might give him my vote. That would be some show, better than “The Decision”.

  47. jer says:

    Out of all the candidates, this fan says Rose all the way. Why? They don’t have anywhere close to the ‘talent’ all these elite teams have. A better record than Boston? That’s really quite an achievement. Boozer was never in a Carmelo/Amare/Lebron/Howard/etc.. caliber conversation in regards to his star level and hasn’t been in his whole career. Sure Noah and Kurt Thomas are great compliments but Rose is somewhat undersized and only in his 3rd season.

    Sorry he kinda has this one all his this year. My vote goes for Derrick Rose.

  48. Wade says:

    Hey Seth you say Lebron is a chocker then where were these so call great team mates since it is a team sport shouldnt they take some of the blame. Kobe teamates was there for him when had a bad game against Boston in game 7.
    So if you going to Lebron a choker you have to call his teamates chockers too.

    • Maestro says:

      I completely agree with you. It’s final and official then…

      Every one on the Heat team is a choker! Wade said itI I just second his opinion.

  49. Mel says:

    Seth.. talking about Lebron choking in the playoffs. How many Playoff series has D Rose won? Lebron single handedly carried a bad Cavs team to the finals. You clearly don’t know what you are talking about :-P Plus, the MVP is about the regular season.. not the playoffs.

  50. Mel says:

    I agree… Rose is winning because some people are still mad at Lebron. He is a great player, but not even close to the quality of player that Lebron is.. Check out the Cavs without Lebron.. He may not carry the MVP trophy this year, but he is the best player in the NBA.

    • Maestro says:

      So he led the Cavs to #1 last year, where is he this year with a super star and an all star player on his team? WORSE!

  51. Brian says:

    I love how Rose is getting the MVP just because everybody’s mad at LeBron. Way to be objective.

    • Maestro says:

      If your logic is correct, why don’t they give it to Koby?

      And why is everyone mad at Bron Bron? He asked for it.He deserves it, too.

  52. Seth says:

    lbj shouldnt even be in consideration for mvp…he’s always going to choke in the playoffs, if he was so great then why arnt the heat # 1 seed? and why is there record horrible against the bulls and celtics? CUZ THE HEAT AND LBJ DONT KNOW HOW TO WIN BIG GAMES!!!! just look at lbj’s lack of motivation in last years playoffs…he threw that whole series, hes a bum….DROSE and THE BULLS # 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Huh says:

    @drick and @rfgb — You do realize the heat and celtics will be playing each other in the 2nd round, NOT the Bulls because the number one seed gets to play the winner of the 4,5 seed.

    Trash talk if you’re good at it. At least if you sound educated we will all be entertained.

    I don’t know what NBA season you people watched, but the one I saw involved D-Rose dominating all competition, leading his team to the number one seed and finishing games. Lebron the choker and Dwight the pre-madonna not so much.

    Most talented Lebron. Most Valuable Player? D-Rose. If Lebron was truly a Most Valuable Player he wouldn’t have had to leave Cleveland to join another super star…he conceded he wasn’t the Most Valuable by giving up on his hometown. King James is now Queen James.

    The media has already decided? So have half the superstars in and around the NBA from hall of famers to allstars past and present. I rather have them backing D-Rose case for MVP then @Imaducebag or @whydoipostimanidiotttttt for Queen James

  54. Ray says:

    I think Rose has got the MVP. He is very deserving of it. I think maybe the Bull’s lack of later end playoff experience will work against them making the finals though. I really think that the MVP should include the playoffs. Remember a few years ago when Nowitzki would it which for his regular season play was deserved, but he then bombed very badly in the playoffs?

  55. Ed says:

    I don’t remember the Celtics turning against their management last year after being blindsided by a trade which completely undermined their chemistry, trust in each other, comraderie and the belief that they’d never been beaten when healthy. Correct me if I’m wrong. This is completely different to last year.

  56. KD says:

    Can’t believe that people still don’t give Rose the credit he deserves. I mean come on now, he basically carry a team that barely made the playoff last year to become the team with the best record in the east, and if you have sen him play you know he is unstoppable. Stats mean nothing when it comes to MVP, you have to look at the difference that player make to a team. LeBron is still contributing but he is not as valuable to the Heat as Wade , so he’s not worthy. Howard is great, but Magic sucks.
    And for people who think the C’s are done, let me tell you just one thing: Y’ALL HAVE SHORT-TERM MEMORY, THINK WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON.

  57. rfgb says:

    I agree with drick 100%!

  58. Bill Braskey says:

    Da Bulls

  59. Carlos C says:

    If Rose becomes the MVP this year then it just shows how biased the NBA is. Lebron James is easily better than Rose, and plus people always remember that Rose played without Boozer and Noah but they forget that the Heat have played without Haslem most of the season and without miller for a while. Also they forget that the Heat have lost alll their games without Lebron. I mean really the guy is shooting 50% while rose is like 44% and Rose scores less points than James and takes more shots.Also they are overlooking DWight Howard he is just as important to his team as any other player. Without Howard the Magic are not a great team. I bet you if they take out Rose Chicago can still win games.

  60. DBBJ-MIA says:

    ROSE WINNING THE MVP IS A NO-BRAINER, HE IS JUST AMAZING. I HAVE SEEN PLAYERS STOP LEBRON, KOBE, WADE AND ALL THESE OTHER ELITE PLAYERS, BUT I HAVENT SEEN ANYBODY STOP ROSE, DUDE IS TOO FAST.
    FOR ALL THOSE BOSTON FAN OUT THERE, I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT Y’ALL AIN’T GOING NOWHERE THIS YEAR AND DON’T GET MAD AT US, Y’ALL SHOULD GET MAD AT DANNY AINGE FOR MAKING THAT PERKINGS TRADE HAPPEN. SO THE EAST FINALS WOULD BE: BULLS VS. HEAT, I’M THOSE ARE MY 2 FAV TEAMS, BUT I’M ROOTING FOR THE HEAT, BUT HONESTLY I DONT KNOW WHO WILL WIN

  61. drick says:

    yah rose deserves to be the MVP for his hardworkings but sad to say they’re not gonna win the championship,,CELTICS vs HEAT for the east finals…

    to the BULLS fans…see you guyz after the HEAT kick your face in the second round…

    • Maestro says:

      What an idxxx…Do you even watch basketball? Celtics and Heat are going to meet in the second round, how can they play for the east finals?

  62. LAKERHISTORY101 says:

    SO D ROSE IS THE MOST DOMINANT PG SINCE MAGIC SAYS TIM LEGLAR.NO WAY IS ROSE BETTER THAN PENNY HARDAWAY IN HIS PRIME. PENNY WAS UNGUARDABLE IN HIS PRIME. GARY PAYTON, JKIDD, STOCKTON, ISIAH THOMAS, CP3, STEPHON MARBURY, TIM HARDAWAY, STEVE NASH, DERON WILLIAMS. RUSSEL WESTBROOK IS ARGUABLY BETTER OR JUST AS GOOD AS ROSE. THIS AN INSULT TO BASKETBALL ITSELF. PlUS THE RULES AR WEAKER THAN THE PAST CANT EVEN TOUCH A PLAYER TODAY

    PS. PENNY ,KIDD,PAYTON AND STOCKTON WERE THE BEST PG OF THE 90S NO WAY SHOULD HE EVEN BE COMPARED TO THOSE GUYS

    • BULLS R THE BEST says:

      well, first things first, penny played majority of his games as a shooting guard or small forward, so u dont know what youre talking asbout when u compare the two. D rose would run circles around penny leaving a cloud of smoke. The glove, stockton, and kidd are no doubt unbelievable players, and the best to ever play the game of our generation. But youre simply comparing apples to oranges. Not one of those has the power rose does, What they do share is undeniable leadership skills. But not one of them can do what rose can in the paint. Stockton wouldnt have had the marbles to come into the lane against a dwight howard, kg, or shaq.

  63. airjoca says:

    About Boston, I’m gonna have to dig up one of my favourite quotes:

    “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”

    Oh, and Rose is the MVP.

  64. mj says:

    from Magic Johnson to Michael Jordan.. From Kobe Bryant to Derrick rose.. History repeat

  65. “All I have to say to the lebron james for mvp is 0-3 against the MVP “Team @j. memo u get that memo. Memo to AJ. the heat dont play defense better than the bulls, they not 12 deep as the bulls, and Lebron jumper is suspect, no post up game what so ever, no closer skills, he opposses his will on sub 500 teams but against the c’s and bulls 1-7(more importantly 0-3 against the bulls. Defense, Defense, Defense, jmemo say it with me. One more thing we have a better coach than the heat. that decision to go tto miami was the best thing lebron could have did cause when the game is on the line The New Alpha Dog Drose is going to have the ball in his hand and u know that spells trouble for whoever whenever. Dont bring up stats to a winner when u The top dog of the regular season but before i continue to gloat some more i must say that in the playoffs anything can happen, but if does its going to be in The United Center. Defense Defense Defense

  66. No doubt after last night D. Rose locked up MVP Trophy and if he doesntget he is sure is goint to kill the oppostion. u can believe the competition is going to pay like none other. Stats dont lie 59-20 19-4 since the all star break the best team playing the best ball right now. For people to say the C;s can turn it on like tht when the playoffs come. KG going to be ready, paul, rondo, and ray. but what bout that bench Nrystic or wht ever the center is he wont be ready, green not ready ?Shaq health problems, jermaine no lift. But in the playoffs anything is possible, but when u have no toughness on the inside and big baby loooking undersize i dont know. I know we ready take on competition east or west. In one week let the playoff war begin. We ready and most important game 7’s go through united center. Defense, Defense, Defense. thats the bulls Calling card. I got the New alpha dog on my team, the new closer, and I am 12 deep. Well coached Thibs. Now let the real fun begin We already know how good drose is already lets see if he canbe Isiah, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson good. All those point guards were great point guards tht were NBA Champions. Its going to be fun dwn the stretch. Out with the old Alpha Dog (black mamba )and In with the new alpha dog Drose and company. Da Bulls
    Lets Go Bulls
    Die Hard in the building

  67. J. Memo says:

    Derrick Rose is one of a kind player.

    He is what Allen Iverson was suppose to be. A scoring point guard.

    BUT WAIT MVP means Most Valuable Player to the league in all areas… not a team.

    That still is LeBron James,

    if the league was to lose him… cough cough (money) ..cough cough(Publicity).. clear my throat (Talent)

    Here is Rose’s number’s

    PPG 25.1
    RPG 4.20
    APG 7.9
    EFF + 23.32

    ( http://www.nba.com/playerfile/derrick_rose/index.html)

    and James…

    PPG 26.7
    RPG 7.50
    APG 7.0
    EFF + 28.46

    ( http://www.nba.com/playerfile/lebron_james/index.html )

    and everybody else who are in the top 5, don’t compare to LeBron’s numbers.

    (http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/04/08/race-to-the-mvp-final-rankings/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1)

    THE CASE IS NOT CLOSED for this topic, but one thing is closed for sure, THE GOVERNMENT.

  68. J. Memo says:

    Derrick Rose is one of a kind player.

    He is what Allen Iverson was suppose to be. A scoring point guard.

    BUT WAIT MVP means Most Valuable Player to the league in all areas… not a team.

    That still is LeBron James,

    if the league was to lose him… cough cough (money) ..cough cough(Publicity).. clear my throat (Talent)

    Here is Rose’s number’s

    PPG 25.1
    RPG 4.20
    APG 7.9
    EFF + 23.32

    ( http://www.nba.com/playerfile/derrick_rose/index.html)

    and James…

    PPG 26.7
    RPG 7.50
    APG 7.0
    EFF + 28.46

    ( http://www.nba.com/playerfile/lebron_james/index.html )

    and everybody else who are in the top 5, don’t compare to LeBron’s numbers.

    (http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/04/08/race-to-the-mvp-final-rankings/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1)

    THE CASE IS NOT CLOSED for this topic, but on thing is closed for sure, THE GOVERNMENT.

  69. TJ says:

    Bulls just clinched 1st seed in east because they play as a team. When D Rose brakes the defense, its all over but we he goes in the paint everyone has to cotribute on defense so they double or triple team hi down there. When he goes in there all players open and Loul Deng or Kyle korver usaully pops the three all cause D Rose sets them up. He is going to be the next MVP. Bulls are going all the wall cause they play as a team.

  70. CORNELIUS HILL says:

    from what im seeing derrick rose is striking fear into alot of different people……..you have the media going bananas cause most of them put their credibility on the line by pre picking certain teams to win it all safe picks like ..lakers boston and the heat…. then gamble picks like the mavs magic thunder spurs portland and even the bucks ……in the start of the season i heard it all top media spots heads already had their champions and went on record with their claims …..the fight to see who was right about their team started and for some people the season was basically over and their team was in the finals or already had the crown

    and that same thing goes for the fans basketball fans wether a fan of the top teams or a fan of picking a championship team..went with the idea that those teams would be the obvious contenders so with in the fan community esp laker boston heat fan community its was already done and their team won it all just had to wait an season and CROWN EM

    bets were made money was put on the line………..but then out of no where a bomb drops exploding in chicago from a 22 kid named derrick rose and he says “why cant i be mvp” which starts and epic voyage which took his team from pretender to top 3 contender..nobody guessed them..money is now risked ..credibility is now questioned your favorites are now in danger from the most unlikely star and the most unlikely team

    and so the PANIC rages to new heights.. the hate starts

    and a rose… blooms

  71. ProHormone10 says:

    Amare’ of the New York Knicks started the season saying “THE KNICKS ARE BACK” and he stood strong and tall to this comment. He is top 5 in scoring top 5 in blocks has 9 rebounds a game, top 10 if EFF, and on top of it all he is incredibly unselfish. He is an allstar. He was an all star amonst mediorce players in the first half of the season before the Melo/Stat/Billups trio. He promised the New York Knicks the playoffs and he did it. He is the King of New York, Lebron is no King Lebron shares his “crown” with 2 other superstars. Amare stood alone and stood tall, confident and strong against everyone and he deserves the MVP case closed!

    • BULLS R THE BEST says:

      The only place the knicks are going is to a first round exit. If you believe stoudemire deserves the mvp award while playing alongside melo and billups to close out the second half and not producing like 3 big stars should, you know nothing about basketball. Amare is playing all star worthy no doubt…but MVP worthy?? this is the hardest laugh ive had all day…thank you!!

    • Usuck says:

      Knicks first round exit??lol maybe a big upset by the PACERS to your BULLS is coming..LOL

  72. rj says:

    rose does not deserve MVP just compare the stats and the achievements

    • BULLS R THE BEST says:

      Compare them to who? Lebron? He cant win without his 2 butt buddies on the floor with him..Rose led the bulls to plenty of wins without a healthy line up. With Kobe? They have been hot-cold-hot, and now cold again to end out the season. The Bulls are neck and neck with the Spurs for the best overall record. Youre playing yourself..if u think he doesnt deserve it then you havent watched any bulls games this season. clown

  73. gavmiester says:

    I cant believe the haters still not wanting to give Rose or the Bulls the props they deserve. Reading lots of dribble about the h2h matchups in series this season. The bulls were without their complete frontcourt in most of those matchups, so it is kind of irrelevant. Reading chemistry a bit as to why lebron should win it. The Bulls have a new coaching staff, and 8 new players this year. Its a new team people. They retained Rose, Noah, Deng and Taj…..if thats not a new team, Ill go heave.

    Boston vs Bulls – this is so different from a few series ago. Boston no longer have a size advantage in key positions. A few examples, rondo vs rose PP vs Deng (not Kirk) = no more post up option. Ticket vs Noah = intensity….really worth just watching a replay of the game and seeing these two just go at it. Boozer vs Jermaine – no contest, Jermaine is a shadow now. Big Baby was the one who hurt the bulls as we had no match up with him previously (TT), but no more. Boozer, Big sexy and Taj can all cover him now. Jeff Green is an interesting wild card, and it stuns me how Troy Murphy has gone from a statistical freak to a complete non factor. With home court, the bulls have them covered.

    Miami – different beast all together. However, Thibs is just going to clog the hell out of the paint and miami are going to die from the perimeter. No match up for Rose (unless they go with Wade, and that really wears him down), so much comes down to how well Deng plays, and he is having a career season.

    Rose is at another level folks. Its at the point where you wonder whats wrong if he doesnt do 4 or 5 stunning moves in a game. His ability to finish with his left hand in traffic really doesnt get the press it ought to. His ability to finish in the paint, and draw contact has improved out of sight. Hard for other teams to cope with this as he is putting a huge amount of pressure on opposition front courts by getting them into foul trouble. When you now look back at the WC’s, Rose and Westbrook, and Id have put EG in this if he hadnt had so many injuries, have obviously benefited unbelievably from living in each others pockets.

    Well done Derek. For a guy apparently so humble, his preseason statements of “Ive really worked on my 3 point shot”, and “why cant I be MVP” have been almost prophetic. This is shaping up as the best Eastern Conf second and third round in years.
    Simply – cant wait.

  74. Ed says:

    Yeah cause scoring 81 points makes you an MVP, Kobe spent those years bitching and complaining. LeBron had a better season last year than Durant, he did more with a lesser supporting cast. Looking at Nash’s MVPs, you could make arguments in both of his MVP seasons that there were other players who deserved them, perhaps, but equally you could make a very compelling argument that Nash deserved to win the 2007 MVP when it was given to Dirk. It’s fair to say that in those three years Nash was playing at an MVP level and winning 2 of the 3 awards is a just reward for the work he put in as a leader and as the most compelling player in the league in that period.
    As for this year’s playoffs there’s no way the Celtics are suddenly flipping the switch and turning on veteran champion mode. Their whole team philosophy and chemistry was shot to hell by the Perkins trade and they’ve been fragile ever since. The further the Bulls get into the playoffs the more dangerous they will get, lack of winning playoff experience is the big thing for them, if they can put together some good performances in the first round and prove to themselves as a group that they can win on the road in a playoff atmosphere than they’re going to be incredibly dangerous. As for the Heat I’ve no idea what to expect, other than Bosh being a non factor. Won’t be deep enough to make it to the finals though.

  75. ChitownChef says:

    @ all the Haters in the house Bulls D got them where they are give credit where credit is due Thibbs…… is the master of 2nd half adjustments, wait itll he gets a couple of days to adjust OMG the other team will in for it. Kevin you are ridiculous people say D-Rose doesn’t play D he averages more blocks than LBJ and more offensive boards and he’s barely 6 foot. All of that being said it’s gonna be fun in the playoffs this year GO BULLS,,,,,,,,,

  76. D Sands says:

    lebron is not the mvp if you ask me he shud not of got it last year it shud of been wade cuz there was no one on that heat team and he took them to the playoffs by him self. they make me sick when they say lebron turnd the heat around if wade had went to clevand they wud of said the same thing i cant see how wade can take having him cum there and having every body tlking bout lebron this and lebron that. take your team back wade let him know who is boss.

    dwight is not the mvp 18 techs you gatta b kidding me and his percentage has to b better cuz most of his shots are dunks cum on ppl man and he does set a gud example for his team and you have to lead by example

    the black mamba cud b mvp cuz he is a great leader and knows how to rally up his team but i wudnt give it to him bcuz the lakers took the 1st half of the season off he wud of had a better case if they were consistent all year.

    rose is the mvp consistent all year great leader doesnt blame ne one but him self for ne thing put the bulls on his back took them to the top with the help of his team mates he had to rally up night after night

  77. KObE oG BYRANT says:

    THIS MVP AWARD HAS BECOME A JOKE AND IT ALL STARTED WHEN STEVE NASH WON IT TWICE EVEN THOUGH KOBE WAS LIGHTING THE NBA AND SCORED 81 .. THEN LAST YR THEY GAVE IT TO LEBRON INSTEAD OF DURANT CUSS LEBRON WAS MORE LOVED BY MEDIA .. COME ON ITS NOT THAT HARD TO SEE WHOS MOST VALUBLE PLAYER .. EVERY YR THEY CHANGE IT AND BASE IT ON POINTS THEN CHANGE IT AND BASE IT ON TEAM … MAKE UP UR MINDS

  78. tata says:

    The Heat will go away WITH a whimper. Waaaaaaaaaaaah

  79. tdot says:

    now the question comes with , how much more will rose win ???

  80. Gianus says:

    Rose is simply amazing. i’m used to thinking that combo guards don’t go that far. None, except Allen Iverson, have quite carried their teams to respectability. Rose did just that. Just two years removed from being the ROY, he’s now on the brink of becoming the youngest MVP. He’ll beat MJ in that regard as MJ didn’t win the plum after his 4th season in 88. Good coaching has done it’s part. I hope Rose we’ll be matured enough to carry the Bulls back to the Mt. Olympus of the NBA.

  81. ProudChicagoan says:

    @Kevin: Hater in the house! Seriously, I dont think you watch any games if you think Chicago is “overrated.” They beat up on the Spurs by 10 without Joakim Noah (their best defensive big man). They currently own the season series against the Magic and they just shut down one of the best teams in the East. Oh, and they also swept the series against the Heat. They know how to beat each of these teams because their coach has a game plan for each one and they execute those plans brilliantly. Time for *you* to get real.

    @celtic: Remember what people were saying about Rose last season? That he was great at driving to the basket but couldn’t shoot or initiate contact? Now what are they saying? So please, keep saying that Derrick Rose’s defense is not good. Only means he’ll compete for Defensive Player of the Year NEXT season. Also, calling him the “worst” defender is just plain laughable. That’s Kyle Korver you’re talking about, and he doesn’t defend well because he’s usually not asked to.

    • get down or lay down says:

      PROUDCHICAGOAN DON’T RESPOND 2 THESE RETARDS ANYMORE LET THEM KEEP HATING AND WILL SEE THEM IN THE PLAYOFFS WITH OUR # 1 SPOT EVERYTHING GOES THROUGH CHICAGO HATERS

      • antgerm says:

        I BET YOU IF THE MIAMI HEAT OR CELTICS WAS DESTROYING THE BULLS DURING THE SEASON, THEY’LL BE ALL ON THOSE THEIR JOCK, BUT IT’S FUNNY HOW WE’RE THE NUMBER 1 TEAM IN THE EAST…….AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE REGULAR SEASON DOESN’T MATTER, BUT LET US WIN IN THE PLAYOFFS, AND OF COURSE IT’LL BE SOME EXCUSE, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE HAVE MORE WINS THAN THE CELTICS, MAGIC, HEAT, LAKERS, MAVERICKS, ETC, AND WE BEAT ALL OF THESE TEAMS. SO STOP WHINING AND GET USE TO IT, AND ROSE IS MVP HANDS DOWN, AND IF YOU ACTUALLY WATCH BASKETBALL, STATS DON’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY, JUST LIKE IT DOESN’T SHOW HOW LEBRON DIDN’T COME THROUGH WHEN IT MATTER DOWN THE STRETCH

  82. Ronaldo says:

    KOBE BRYANT FOR MVP, PERIOD! HE’S THE BEST!

  83. Ryan says:

    this robert guy is a idiot the bulls will kill orlando we match up with them perfectly we can cover dwight with are bigs and by the way there is no one i repeat no one in the whole entire league that can stop the mvp Derrick Rose

  84. Gary says:

    I think Rose will get it but the case is not closed in my opinion. Very strong yes, but not closed.

  85. Nomer says:

    How many coaches endorsed him as MVP?
    How many Hall of Famers said that this was his season?
    How many current all star and former MVPs called him M-V-P?
    So pls jusr accept the fact that D-Rose is the man.

  86. celtic says:

    and really…D-Rose is great. an offensive power that very few can defend. but he lacks the defense. he’s the worst defender on the best defensive team and he’s the best offensive player on a decent offensive team. what’s the bulls’ key to being the top seed? consistency! consistency, not derrick rose. but consistency only wins the regular season, not the playoffs.
    dwight howard and lebron james are defensive and offensive forces. Lebron has played just as well this season as he has in the past, he’s just been sharing the load with D-wade. i dont care who you are, even if he is “sharing” he’s still the most talented and powerful in the league next to Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard impacts the game like no other. Look at his team–they’ve slumped and lost rhythm but he carried them to the playoffs.

    • Law064 says:

      @Celtic I agree with you about the celtic’s performance last night. I live in Chicago and I love the bulls but the Celtic’s are who I still ride with. The season series is tied so they spit the season series. But D.Rose is the most consistant player on the team. Deng Gibson & Boozer are not consistant. I have to admit Deng has been playing great. If the Bulls want to beat the celtic’s in a series they’ll need that support around Rose to be at their best like last night. The Celtic’s shot like crap on top of that. The 3rd quarter is where the Bulls really pulled away. The Bulls would not be this good if Rose was not playing. MVP hands down

    • Chicagorrilla says:

      Those are completely blatant statements. Everything you said was based off bias and that is exactly why fans do not vote or atleast it does not matter. 1.) He is the worst defensive player on the best defensive team: Fact is he one of the best perimeter defenders they have. He leads all point guards in block shots, and Boozer is the worst defender in there starting lineup. 2.) Out of those three you named Rose is the least efficent: you are completely ignoring the make up of there teams and positions. Big men are always efficent. Lebron plays with another SUPERSTAR you can not double Lebron because of Wade and vica versa therefore they become more efficent. Lets imagine for one second kobe was playing with Rose their efficency rating would sky rocket just like Wade and Lebrons did this year. You completely ignore that fact. 3.) Rose is the whole reason they have a mediocre offense. Without him they are probably near the bottom of the NBA. Just like Kobe’s teams after Shaq left, the Lakers had a mediocre offense. Simple minded people do not see this. Rose opens up their whole offense. Why do you think Luol Deng is having one of his best offensive years. This is no coincidence. Every statement you made is far from the truth and that is way you do not just look at numbers. In the words of Bill Parcells stats are for losers. It is just like a manager you have a mix of quanitative managers who are about numbers and you have behavioral managers. One looks at numbers and the other looks at behavior. The ones who look at numbers base everything off numbers therefore they do not know if their employees are even happy which will eventually cause production to decline. The ones who look at behavior do not make good decisions based off numbers. So there has to be a mixture. You cant just look at numbers and make a statement. Numbers can always be manipulated

  87. celtic says:

    @Bob Medina…do YOU watch the game of basketball? notice the percentages….boston shot what…37%? their offense sucked. they werent at 100%. besides, dont care about regular season. boston lost to Orlando and Cleveland and LA and others in the regular season last year and then kicked their trash when it came to the play offs (i do understand that LA won in the finals, but Boston did make them work their butts off for it).
    i cant wait to see the playoffs when everyone’s “Chicago Champions” and “Miami Champions” get SQUASHED and PUMMELED by Boston or, even if Chicago or Miami reached the finals, THEY’D GET RIPPED APART by the Lakers–come on who really doubts that LA will reach the Finals??–or even San Antonio.

  88. Kevin says:

    Bulls are tremendosly overrated,how can you guys say “oh,bulls is so better than celtics omg” when the series are 2-2. Also,the bulls swept over the heat is so overrated as well,come on,in 1 game lebron and bosh was out,in other,bosh went for 1-18 (you can expect them to do everynight),and in other occasion,they faced a strugglin Heat,you cant take that victories so seriosly,

    And oh,do you really believe that Bulls is gonna hold celtics under 30%FG shooting in a 7-game series?

    I don’t think so,please get real.

    • get down or lay down says:

      LMAO! U JUST MAD WE KICK THEY AS BOOZER OR NOAH DIDNT PLAY EITHER RETARD.AND WE STILL WON

      • CHICAGO ALL DAY says:

        THIS FOOL THINKS THE BULLS ARE OVERRATED????? @KEVIN…DID U PICK THEM TO WIN 60+ AND GET THE TOP SEED?? OR DID U PICK THEIR GRANDDADDIES IN BOSTON TO WIN IT? OR MAYBE THEIR SISTERS IN MIAMI?? BULLS ALL DAY KID, ACT LIKE U KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT BASKETBALL!! THEY BEAT THE HEAT SHORTHANDED, I COULD CARE LESS IF LBJ AND BOSH WERE OUT BECAUSE OF THEIR PERIODS, BULLS ARE GOING TO THE SHIP!!! BELIEVE THAT HATERS!!

      • Usuck says:

        BULLS will just go down in First round… and it will just break your heart LOL

    • jbmbears says:

      bulls are loverated, picked to finish 4th and are in 4th. lol

  89. DROSE says:

    Doesn’t matter what you guys cry about…its over

  90. Ed says:

    Surely one of the reasons we love the game though is that whilst basketball stats are incredibly deep, and we can go into all sorts of advanced metrics to determine PER, +/-, true shooting % etc, it comes down to more than that. Rose has exploded into a top 5 player this year, been the best story of the year, is the best player on the best team in the East, has shown incredible leadership, played large stretches without supporting cast and never given up etc etc. The MVP in basketball is vague in its definition, is it the best player? The most important player to his team? It’s not set in stone, stats obsessed people can enjoy their stats and others can enjoy the intangibles which compliment the statistical contributions. At the end of the day, Rose is going to win the MVP this year and whilst it’s arguable others were deserving, Rose is equally if not more and no one will be able to call it a travesty. It’s not an easy choice like LeBron was the last couple of years, but it’s hardly an offensive choice either. He’s a worthy winner in my eyes.

  91. JR says:

    Kobe instead of LeBron ? LMAO. Kobe is nothing anymore. His stats are way beyond most of the MVP candidates (don’t you dare comparing Kobe’s and LeBron’s stats), he’s probably one of the players in the whole league who takes the most shots in his team, just like Durant. Yeah, getting 30 points off the night is notable, but not when you shot 30 times like he almost always does. Just stop the crap about him, is nowhere near the MPV podium.

    On another business, Rose sure deserves the title. Don’t forget Rondo who was definitly the MVP of the first half of the regular season, even though his numbers dropped down in the second.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      What no body realizes is that Kobe is playing some of the most limited minutes of his career yet still produces the same numbers he has season after season. Granted his fg% hasn’t been very sharp, he still manages to get it done and be + in the +/-… If Kobe played his same minutes his numbers would be ridiculous.

      • ibah says:

        it dosn’t mater how many minutes he played, his field goals is the mater.we see kobe score 60 pt just in 3 quaters and LBJ 25+ in one quarter more than 3 times on his career. also T-mac 13 pts in 32 seconds .

      • ibah says:

        it dosn’t mater how many minutes he played, his field goals is the mater.we see kobe score 60 pt just in 3 quaters and LBJ 25+ in one quarter more than 3 times on his career. also T-mac 13 pts in 35 seconds .

      • cibergladiator says:

        HE STIIL TAKING ALMOST 20 SHOTS PER GAME AND SHOOTING 45%( WHICH IS NOT THAT GOOD), HE TAKES ONE SHOT MORE THAN LBJ AND MAKES1/2 LESS . WHEN HE SCORED 35 IN A SEASON HE SHOT 27 TIMES , HE NEVER HAS SHOT OVER 47 IN ANY SEASON.

    • KObE oG BYRANT says:

      watch a laker game and see kobes talent and will dont just look at the stats the next day and judge his performance…and kobe doesnt care about his stats he’ll take a shot where ever he wants with 2 or more ppl garuding him and wont piss in his pants when it come to takeing the last shot to win the game (unlike ledum-a$$)

      • KObE oG BYRANT says:

        KINGS HAVE RINGS (5 NOW – 8 WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE)

      • CHICAGO ALL DAY says:

        COULDNT AGREE MORE WITH WHAT U SAY ABOUT QUEEN JAMES!! SCREW MIAMI!! KOBE IS A GREAT BALLER, BUT THE KNEES ARE GETTING A LITTLE WEARY IT SEEMS THESE DAYS..NOT TO SAY HE DOESNT HAVE ANOTHER TITLE OR 2 LEFT IN THE TANK

      • Usuck says:

        Watch out for the big upset by the PACERS to the BULLS.. and D Rose wont get that MVP.. in your dreams lol

  92. Realist says:

    It is closed, no doubt about that, it has been for a while, but it shouldn’t be. Rose simply doesn’t deserve MVP. He is terribly inefficient for an MVP candidate, the worst defensive player on the best defensive team (in the starting lineup), and the best offensive player on a mediocre offensive team. They also still outscore their opponents by quite a bit and their defense gets better with him off of the floor. With all of this said, unless people ignore statistics, which is the only thing that really shows how well a player does, it is obvious either Dwight Howard or LeBron James deserves MVP honors much, much more than Rose, there’s no question about it. The media has made it’s decision though, and for that, the MVP means absolutely nothing this year because Rose is neither the best player nor the most valuable in any sense of the imagination. Rose is just the new flavor of the month. Great player, no denying that, but MVP? Absolutely not.

    • Walter says:

      Are you crazy? Efficiency is overrated. No one can defend Rose. Not Kobe, Lebron, Wade the Celtics or anyone. Rose is a decent defender and the Bulls never suffer a drop-off when Rose is not on the floor because the Bulls have the leagues best bench period. Lebron’s Heat have no bench so there is a big drop-off in performance there when he is not on the floor. So I guess Rose should be punished for being on the best team with the best defense and the best bench?? DRose is the runaway MVP period!

    • Chicagorrilla says:

      Those are completely blatant statements. Everything you said was based off bias and that is exactly why fans do not vote or atleast it does not matter. 1.) He is the worst defensive player on the best defensive team: Fact is he one of the best perimeter defenders they have. He leads all point guards in block shots, and Boozer is the worst defender in there starting lineup. 2.) Out of those three you named Rose is the least efficent: you are completely ignoring the make up of there teams and positions. Big men are always efficent. Lebron plays with another SUPERSTAR you can not double Lebron because of Wade and vica versa therefore they become more efficent. Lets imagine for one second kobe was playing with Rose their efficency rating would sky rocket just like Wade and Lebrons did this year. You completely ignore that fact. 3.) Rose is the whole reason they have a mediocre offense. Without him they are probably near the bottom of the NBA. Just like Kobe’s teams after Shaq left, the Lakers had a mediocre offense. Simple minded people do not see this. Rose opens up their whole offense. Why do you think Luol Deng is having one of his best offensive years. This is no coincidence. Every statement you made is far from the truth and that is way you do not just look at numbers. In the words of Bill Parcells stats are for losers. It is just like a manager you have a mix of quanitative managers who are about numbers and you have behavioral managers. One looks at numbers and the other looks at behavior. The ones who look at numbers base everything off numbers therefore they do not know if their employees are even happy which will eventually cause production to decline. The ones who look at behavior do not make good decisions based off numbers. So there has to be a mixture. You cant just look at numbers and make a statement. Numbers can always be manipulated.

  93. Kojin says:

    I Still think lebron should get it. He’s had the most pressure to succeed, on a brand new team, expected to win a championship now, with no one outside of miami (generalization, i know but bear with me) rooting for him, and what does this guy do? He puts up the same MVP numbers, and makes the same impact as he did on a cleveland team that he had chemistry with, despite getting less shots, (meaning even more effecient than before) while having to play with another MVP performer at the same time. Hes proving that he can play lilke an MVP with or without talent on the roster, and help keep them on top of the eastern conference regardless. then you look at how his absence affects the cavs, they aren’t even a 30 win team? Rose is amazing, but he has a great advantage in team chemistry. Lebron is starting over from scratch and he’s still getting it donw, plus we have evidence of his effects on the game in two different cities. hes had a harder time but is still in the conversation, so I’ll lean towards the King for now. but if Rose won, who’d be mad at that?

    • FanOfTheLeague says:

      I completely agree. Derrick Rose has played amazing all year & willed the Bulls to the top of the conference, but I’m still “iffy” about who to choose simply because LeBron’s numbers are ridiculous as they always are, even with him having to go through the “chemistry” phase with Miami throughout those 17 games to start off the season (& still have a shot at the #2 seed). He leads the league in triple doubles this season & is shooting above 50% for the 2nd straight season. He is scoring more points with more efficiency, distributing just as much as Rose & rebounding with regularity. Because of the attention he’s drawn, Wade is also shooting a career high 50% this season. But despite Rose’s FG% not being great, he is still the best/most effective player on this Bulls team, which is of course, on their way to being the #1 seed in the East & still has a chance at the #1 overall seed. If Rose wins it, I have no argument, because it is well deserved. If he doesn’t win it, then whoever does win it better be James or Howard. The Magic may have struggled at times this season, but no other player in this league dominates on both ends the way that Howard does & he’s the one player who’s team would struggle the most if you removed him from the line-up. This year’s MVP race is a tight one & their are some great candidates. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if any of the 3 I’ve named received the award.

    • DLee1616 says:

      Umm… you couldnt be any more WRONG… the fact that he switched teams and isnt living up to expectations not ours but their own when they said they were going to win 70 games and look at the heat now they arent even going to hit 60… and the fact that he is more efficient is because he has D Wade nd Bosh on his team because it was harder for him to score on the cavs because teams knew that he was their only big threat but now that he has another Super star caliber player and an All-star on his team that gives him more room to score because its not just him that defenses have to worry about anymore…

    • Pointguard40 says:

      Keep in mind that having the nba’s third leading scorer on the opposite wing as you prevents a lot of helpside from coming. His numbers are up because defenses are more worried about wade then anyone he played with in Cleveland. Also, he was the most valuable player when he was in Cleveland no doubt, but he doesn’t play there anymore so you can’t look at how bad they are to help lebrons argument for this season.

      • CHICAGO ALL DAY says:

        KEEP IN MIND ALSO THAT HE WENT FROM A CLEVELAND TEAM WITH LESS TALENT THAN THE TEAM HE JOINED, AND STILL COULDNT LEAD THEM TO AS MANY TEAMS AS THE CAVS HAD THE LAST 2 SEASONS. NOW..U CAN ARGUE HE HAD TO :GEL” OR WHATEVER. ROSE HAD A COMPLETELY NEW CAST AROUND HIM AND STILL TURNED THEM INTO THE BEST TEAM IN THE EAST. AND IM NOT TALKING THE NO. 1 SEED..IM TALKING BEST “TEAM” IN THE EAST.. TRY NAMING ONE TEAM ON THE EAST AS DEEP AS THEM, AND IM TELLING YOU YOURE MAKING THINGS UP

  94. Ed says:

    The players used to have a vote in things and although this had numerous negatives it might be interesting in today’s game to see who would be selected by their peers, the fact remains that the best player on a disliked team might be neglected due to bitterness though. The same problem you claim is happening with ‘bad image’ players being neglected by the MVP voters nowadays. Coaches having a vote would probably work a lot better with less personal issues with players etc. However, under no circumstances should fans be getting anywhere near impacting the selection of the MVP. It’s bad enough the ridiculous voting that occurs for the All Star game every year. Yao Ming would set a record for MVPs…
    Who would you say has been robbed of an MVP due to not having the right image for an MVP winner?

  95. Zzanzabar says:

    This years MVP award would be well deserved if Rose won it, but it would be tainted (like all those before it) for one reason: the selection method. Why is it that three quarters of the people who make up the NBA are left out of the process? I mean the players, coaches and the fans. Only a select group of writers (a secret group) get to cast a vote for the MVP, using a process that is more secretive than selecting the POPE! They don’t even have to BUY a ticket to the game! The only justification that the writers offer is that they see a larger percent of the players than the average fan. So why not have the players and coaches have a say then?

    It just so happens that this year the leading candidate is just what they want: squeaky clean. Rose is quiet, non-confrontational, non-controversial and happens to be a very, very good player who if the won it would deserve it. But you better believe that if he had a different personality and had some off court issues there would be several who would say that he doesn’t ‘represent’ the NBA well and should not get a vote no matter HOW good he was, his stats or where he led his team.

    • Chicagorrilla says:

      to answer your question: I believe the writers are the ones who select the mvp because they are trained to be a non biased party. 1.) For example they will not be bias like fans because fans will always pick the guy on their favorite team. If the fans had a vote someone on L.A. or NY would always win because they are the most populated. 2.)If the coaches picked, it would also be bias. Just look at Van Gundy Dwight should win. Phil Jackson is probably saying kobe and so on and there would probably be a mvp for everyteam. 3.) players for aliances just like friends. Do you think Wade would vote for Rose behind close doors or Noah would vote for Lebron. Thats my point I actually think the writers look at it objectively and are best fit to pick this award so that there is as litte bias as possible.

  96. me says:

    first
    hehe
    this man is good. really good, but i really hope lebron wins it all, everything

    • KObE oG BYRANT says:

      piss on urs and lebrons face

      • Law064 says:

        @ bulls-eye when the bulls play Boston I ride with the bulls. The 1st 2 games Boston won I was riding with the bulls but I guess I can’t ride with my home town if i’m a fan of other teams.

    • CHICAGO ALL DAY says:

      FORGET THAT SELL OUT SISSY…WHEN U HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION BEFORE YOUR TEAM EVEN HAD ONE PRACTICE U DESERVE A SWIFT KICK IN THE MARBLES

  97. prix says:

    The way Rose show last night againts the limping Boston is just amazing… Bulls just dont beat Boston but let them realize how weak they are..its not even an exciting game,not even close..Now Boston should admit that they are really empty inside the paint..No defense at all and as what the critics says that Boston is tough that’s non-sense..They are really old and weary not even the big three fight for there reputation but deeply wounded and burn by the Bulls in every area of the game…so sad to see Boston turn like this..once so tough and bully but now just like a kid with a cotton candy…WHAT A DISGRACE!!! i’ve been shot point blank in disbelief that the reign of Boston is over!!! ITS OVER!!!

    • My Gosh! People.. this was just a regular season game!! Do you think that at this point the Celtics really put their best effort into the game??? You gotta be kidding me! Just wait till the playoffs begin next week. You’ll see an ENTIRELY different Celtics, Heat or Magic teams. Not to poop on your party but the Bulls will have a lot tougher competition from any of them once the games become meaningful. I’ll be really surprised if they can make it through the second round when they face the extremely dangerous Magic!

      • Bob Medina says:

        Sorry Robert but it’s obvious you know nothing about basketball. If you honestly think the Celtics did not give it their all in this game then you are crazy! This was one of the most important games of the year for the Celtics!! The number 2 seed is extremely important and they know it! They have to at least be the number 2 seed because they will need the home court advantage against the Heat!! also if they would have won that game they would have the tie breaker against the Bulls and a legit shot at the number 1 seed which makes the trip to the Eastern Conference finals WAY easier! and they need it easier because they are a bit banged up. As for your comment about the Magic they are a little dangerous but when your best player (Howard) thinks your team is garbage then you dont stand a chance. And the Hawks have beat up on the Magic all year so dont be surprised if they beat them in the first round.

      • antgerm says:

        but the bulls have been beating good teams this year

      • itlog says:

        Let’s find out next week.

      • Reubn says:

        Bulls can beat any team in the leqague!

      • mark says:

        yea but i dont know if u remember when the bulls werent that good and almost pulled a first round upset on the celtics, they were the 8th seed now there the 1st and ur saying they wont beat the magic when they have boozer and joakim back the bulls obviously improved a lot and started out the season ok and ended by sweeping the heat and almost swept there division they didnt because they lost to the pacers in overtime

      • Chi-Town Rep says:

        thats bad when all yall think about is other teams playin better in the playoffs. so you mean to tell me that chicago wont play harder? they played they hearts out that game and lost. its bad that derrick rose doesnt take credit for the hard work he puts in night in and night out. its the team he says, its a team effort. we win as a team. he has my vote, and the bulls will play the lakers in the championship! GO BULLS

    • Bulls-eye says:

      I cant wait for the Bulls to face Orlando or Miami. now that the Celtics is out of the picture,we all know that Boston is no match for the Bulls, the blow out sealed the deal. someones says that Boston have no defense at all and its true, no Perk and Shaq, boston will have an early exit. ROSE IS THE REAL MVP,BULL ALL THE WAY!!!

      • Law064 says:

        @Bulls-eye That was a great win for the Bulls, my 2 fav teams. My hometown Bulls vs Celtic’s I can’t see how anyone can say Boston’s out of the picture. They were like the 4th seed last year. This win for the bulls just tied the season series, if Boston would’ve won they could’ve had a chance to tie for 1st and they would win the tie breaker. The season series is spilt and Boston is a completely different team in the playoffs. If the Bulls meet the Celtic’s in the playoffs it’s gonna be a great series but the bulls will need to play just as good every game and they’ll need Boston to have some bad shooting game. That was just a good game from the bulls Rose the MVP was Rose and he got the support he needs. D Wade you should’ve came home my man. Da Bulls are back but they will need to keep this pace for the post season. #1 seed gurantees ahh Nothing ask Lechoke. Go Bulls Go Celtic’s!!!!

      • Turk says:

        god, could you imagine if we had Wade as well. Given, our bench would be a little weaker. But Rose and Wade in the backcourt. That’s a scary thought.

    • Kingsfan says:

      @ prix – Your comments are always garbage. There wasn’t one part in your comment that was true or wasn’t biased. If you watched the game last night, both teams were going at it. They both wanted to win and put their best forward. The Bulls defense was just too strong in the 3rd quarter and the Bulls offense was very fluent with the ball moving extremely well. Rose was amazing yes, but you can’t take away how well Deng played. Was a great game to watch, especially for a Bulls fan.

      Now this article is about Rose for MVP not about Boston. Rose definetly deserves the MVP. So does Lebron, Howard or Kobe. You can make a realisitic argument for all 4. But to me, the MVP stands for the person who is not only the most important player stat wise, but can lead the team and deal with adversity. Howard has amazing stats but his team is in 4th in the East. So that makes them the 8th best team in the league. Kobe has been playing well all year but since the all star break took his team and carried them on his shoulders to a 17-4 record. Lebron has dealt with the hype all year and has pumped out very impressive numbers. The difference between these 3 and Rose is that Rose had to deal with out having 2 of his starters in the lineup for most of the year. Also had to figure out how to play with 5 new bodies (boozer, brewer, korver, asik and thomas new to lineup this year). And to pick up his team and carry them all year to the best league in the east with averaging 25pts, 8ast a game (only player to be in top 10 in both categories) is amazing. And to do that with a team that was the 8th seed last year? Then you add that he is a leader and motivates his team. It’s him in the media saying winning isn’t good enough, its how you win. So lets go through this one more time. Does he have the stats? Yes. Does he have the winning record? Yes. Does he have leadership? Yes. Has he overcome adversity and put his team where no one expected? Yes.

      Clear cut picture if you ask me.

      • antgerm says:

        perfectly put

      • Bulls-eye says:

        @prix- kingsfan just hate you because you predict that Bulls will blow out Celltics by 20 and you almost got it. And all Boston fans from the other article that hates you Shut their mouth because you got it right, they cant accept the fact that what the BULLS show last night show that Boston is not great anymore, and most of your comment even biased make some sense, BULLS just kill Boston..

        @kingsfan- dont hate, some of your post have no sense also, just cheer on your Sacramento, they are no where to be found

        @Law- you are the most fake Boston fan ever. after Bulls beat your team now you say BULLS is your team also. so FAKE! FAKE LAW064. maybe the Heat will win, you go with the Heat also..stupid!!

      • Stevo says:

        damn u know basketball. you made the arguement a closed case