When I think of Derrick Rose at the all-star game, there's a slew of thoughts that come to mind. While it's a fun event, don't underrate the importance of what Rose can accomplish at the game and this weekend as a whole.
Will Derrick Rose go for the all-star game MVP? Could he win it if he did?
Will he go for it? Well he was quoted as saying he just wanted to win. The all-star game is a lot about selling the sizzle of the NBA rather than the steak and while Rose has plenty of sizzle, he's more about the steak. Many have suggested that he's too humble to try to win the award, but for a guy who kicked off media day announcing he wanted to win the league MVP, I'm not so sure I'm buying that.
If he does go for it, he might have his work cut out for him. You've got almost an entire team of Celtics and the big three from the Heat playing in the game. Those groups will have added chemistry within each other, and I wouldn't be surprised if Rose rarely sees the ball back once dishing it off. As the PG, he does have the advantage of initiating the offense, so he'll have the chance to make a play every time down the court though.
Anything can happen in an all-star game, so we'll have to wait and see.
What does his performance mean in regards to the regular season MVP?
There's not a strong correlation between all-star MVP and league MVP in
the same season, but in Derrick Rose's case, I think winning the
all-star MVP would help him tremendously in vying for the year end
Rose is sitting in the Durant seat of last year. It's his break out
season, the first time people have put him in the MVP conversation, and
as such, voters will have some reluctance to stepping on board the Rose
for MVP train. However, an all-star game MVP will somewhat legitimize
him as a star among stars and maybe push some voters over that 'he needs
to prove it for longer' hump.
The season MVP is a very political award. If it weren't, Michael Jordan
would have 10 of them, and LeBron James would likely own the next
five. Weird things matter for MVP voting, and it isn't Rose's 'turn'
yet. As such, he'll need every intangible available to win it.
I don't think Rose is likely to win the regular season MVP no matter what he does, but I think a sub-par or nondescript all-star performance would likely doom his chances. It's silly because the game is meaningless, but every MVP voter in the country will be watching it and seeing how Rose stacks up against the best of the best even if it is an exhibition.
In the unlikely event that Dwight Howard forces his way to Chicago, the seed starts here
Dwight Howard is probably the one superstar in the NBA whom Derrick Rose has some type of relationship with. They got to know each other shooting the 'Fast Don't Lie' commercials for Adidas, and Dwight has had plenty of good things to say about Rose since that point.
It's unlikely that something can happen between Chicago and Orlando as Chicago won't be under the cap and a new franchise tag might limit Howard's ability to move, but for there to be any chance, Rose is going to need to get to know Howard a bit and convince him (even if it's subconsciously and completely indirectly) that he wants to be in Chicago in a couple years.
When you think about it, there's probably no better destination for Howard in the NBA than Chicago. He'd get to play with a young superstar, a great supporting cast, in a major market, and be title contenders (and in my opinion favorites) for the rest of his prime. However, the details are nearly impossible to work out, so don't hold your breath.
Still, if Howard wants Chicago bad enough, then there's at least some chance, and Derrick Rose is the only reason Howard would want it bad enough.
They'll probably pal around some this weekend, because they're the two megastars on the East who are there without a bunch of teammates hanging around with them.
I'm looking forward to the game, how could you not? I think, as a starter, Rose comes out far more aggressive than last season. His confidence is higher, his game is better, and I think he wants to make a mark.
This is the most excited I've been about an all-star game since the Jordan era, and I can't wait to see what happens.