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Derrick Rose wins NBA MVP

 
"The way I look at it, at myself, why not? Why can't I be the MVP of the league? Why can't I be the best player in the league? I don't see why [not]? Why can't I do that? I think I work hard. I think I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things at a young age, and I know if I continue to do good, what I can get out of it."

- Derrick Rose, September 2010
 
If you've been following Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls this season, then the above quote may seem as redundant as Rihanna or the Black Eyed Peas on your radio (ayo!). But this bold and confident proclamation (which can be heard at the beginning of the best D-Rose MVP highlight mix I've seen above) comes full circle today when the NBA will officially announce that Derrick Rose has become the league's youngest MVP ever. Wow.

EDIT: Bulls.com has a press conference scheduled at 4pm CT! Watch the live video there.

No matter how much that interview has been brought up already, I still reflect at those words with amazement today. Let's face it: pre-season, Derrick Rose was unlikely to be considered in the top 5 of MVP candidates amongst experts across the league. And on top of that, many people weren't even expecting the Bulls to compete for the top spot in the East, let alone win it and end up with the best record in the league. But here we are today - about 6 months later - the Bulls ended up with the aforementioned top spot in the league, rookie coach Tom Thibodeau just won the Coach of the Year award, and to top off the postseason hardware, Derrick Rose will be presented with the MVP trophy before a rabid United Center crowd tomorrow night - doubling as Rose's brightest career-defining moment to date.

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Derrick Rose is the youngest MVP in NBA history.


Don't get it twisted: this by no means will be the only thing people talk about when D-Rose hangs 'em up many years from now. But for Rose to basically predict he'll win the MVP with a 'why not me? why not now?' swagger and confidence at the beginning of the season, and then to follow through with improved play and leadership throughout the season... it's both gratifying and amazing to me how that intention, that confidence, that talent, led to the MVP while also proving infectious to his Bulls teammates to excel to the league's best record. And I think that no matter how the rest of his career plays out, this season, and this MVP trophy will be one of his most impressive and highly remembered accomplishments.

The MVP is most definitely a testament to Rose, whose game has grown in every facet this season, as detailed perfectly by our friend Doug Thonus at Bulls Confidential. But it is also a testament to the team and to coach Tom Thibodeau, which is what Rose would likely say first himself. That well-documented humility is just one of the main reasons why this city has attached itself to the homegrown superstar, as we couldn't be more proud that he gets to hoist the MVP trophy in front of his hometown fans tomorrow night! There is plenty more to say, but hopefully I can save some of that for June..!

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