What can Derrick Rose accomplish at the all-star game?

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
award.

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.

Final thoughts

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.

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  • I agree that Rose could accomplish a lot this weekend as far as his MVP status is concerned and trying to maybe convince future all star free agents to maybe sign with the Bulls when their contracts expire, but for some dumb strange reason, there are some Bulls fans that feel the all star game and its events are worthless. IMO with Rose now being a perennial all star for some years to come, all star games should not only be a fun event for basketball fans but for Bulls fans a way to show their support for their star player no matter how much Shakes and others seem to think that the events are a waste of time and with no thought process put into the events.

  • I predict he'll probably have numbers like 12 and 8 tonight. He'll go hard enough that he'll make a contribution to the game but not hard enough to push for MVP.

    He just seems too laid back for this kind of game.

  • I don't have big expectations for him tonight.
    It's not that he can't do it. I believe he could if he really wanted to force the issue. But for the reason stated above (4 celtics and 3 heat ... as well as having the Doc coaching) make it a bad idea to try and take the game into his own hands. On the other hand, if Doc actually has him in at the end of the game and gives him free reign to do his thing, maybe we actually will see something special out of him. But this just doesn't seem like the ideal year to make his mark on the ASG in my opinion.

    One thing that might be interesting to note though is the reaction of the LA crowd.
    I don't think any of us will be surprised to see all of the Heat and Celtics guys get a pretty cool reception there. Rose might be one of the most well liked Eastern conference players out there. Maybe they'll give him a bit of a boost when he keeps the ball out of the hands of guys like Lebron and Pierce. That would be amusing ;-)

  • I can't see Rose winning ASG MVP unless the other players and his homeboy Doc Rivers push him to go for it. Otherwise, he's likely to defer to the older all-stars. For that reason I can see him going for 10+ assists but I don't think he'll try to score enough points for the ASG MVP.

  • If Rose wants to win the regular season MVP the best thing he can do at the all-star game is pass the ball and make everyone else look good. That ought to shut up the people who think he's just a guy who shoots shoots shoots without regard to his team mates.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    ARE there people who think that? How, in the faceof 8+ assists per game? No one has accused him of being AI... Still, I get your point. I think he goes for MVP only if his coach and teammates encourage him to do so - and they might, because this has sure been his week to shine on the big stage already! Either way, I can't wait...

  • In reply to petert23:

    Yes, there are plenty of fans of other teams who say "Derrick Rose can't be the best point guard in the game, he's a SHOOTING guard ha ha ha".

  • In reply to petert23:

    The pregame slobbering of the Celtics and Heat is really aggravating.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Derrick Rose subbed out.

    He played an incredibly unselfish few minutes basically advancing the ball up the court with big outlet and lead passes forward on most possessions and then never seeing the ball again.

    Rivers subs in all four celtics at once to a chorus of boos.

  • In reply to petert23:

    This is a good stage for Rose to get used to being around stars. Hopefully, he is burning any nervousness if he has any... I think if he gets more than 6 assists and shoots about 6/8 points, he should be fine.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Wade looks like an injury waiting to happen every time he steps on the court. The Heat better win their share in the next few years as Wade doesn't look he will last for more than that.

  • In reply to petert23:

    CLOSER LOOK:

    When Kobe was getting his MVP trophy, did anybody catch Melo call over DRose and talk to him? I wonder what they were talking about...mmm.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He probably told Drose not to rape him and Amare in a couple weeks when he plays against them and 10 dleaguers because they gutted their roster to get his Melodrama ass

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I'm still laughing!!!!!!
    You're the best.

  • In reply to Normie:

    My comment above was directed to UtahBullsFan and his hilarious response to MrHappy's observation.

  • In reply to petert23:

    SINCE DAY 1:

    FYI...

    Melo just told Ken Berger of CBS Sports that Denver has known "since day 1" where he would and wouldn't sign an extention.

    Coincidentally, Melo said, "The Bulls have been there since day 1" about the Bulls during his All-Star press conference.

    Melo also said that he plans on playing for Denver on Tuesday. With NYK and NJN having deals on the table, why isn't Melo agreeing to a trade? Is it possible that the Bulls are actually his #1 Choice.

    Sleep on that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Dude, you read way too much into things. Melo is not coming to chicago. It would be nice if he did come.

  • In reply to rsand1:

    I duno, did you see the way melo tied his shoes? He tied his shoes the very same way that he did in chicago. I duno if there is any more conclusive evidence that you require. You know what that means? Melo to Timberwolves, KKKKKKAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    w-o-w.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If i had an MVP vote for this message board, it would go to MrHappy. Sure, there may be posters with more talent. There are a lot of guys putting up more coherent arguments based on logic. But nobody is doing more for this board with less than MrHappy. I mean, there is no help around him, the defenses are all scheming against him, everyone knows what is coming, and yet nobody can stop him. He brings it day after day, and this board is a better place for it. And for this, MrHappy is my MVP.

  • In reply to bucketball:

    Man, bucket, the middle part of your post was hectic. Best thing by far that I have read all day.

  • In reply to bucketball:

    My MVP award goes to UtahBullsFan after that comment above to MrHappy's observation. Apart from that UtahBullsFan has been a consistently good poster.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sorry, I dont care about age, DRose is the clear cut MVP. He has kept the Bulls near the top of the Conference during CBooz's and Noah's injuries. He has improved his shooting and defense, and he as starred in key games against the best the league has to offer. Yes Lebron is putting up crazy numbers, but he is doing with 2 other All-Stars. Please correct me if Im wrong, but there has never been a player who has won back to back MVP awards for 2 different teams in League history. Kobe cant get it because LA has let up against poor teams too often this year, and Howard needed a roster overhaul because Orlando was sinking. Finally, Durant may not be the MVP on his own team (Westbrook), let alone the season MVP. Durant's shooting numbers are down from last year. So right now DRose is your MVP.

  • In reply to argie2333:

    I agree with you Argie. We'll clinch it when we shock the world and win the one that really matters, THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This link provides the only facts that matter, as I have said over and over again, Melo wants his $84 million and if he ends up in Alaska to get it then so be it.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/columns/story?columnist=oconnor_ian&id=6142327

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Yes, and with the new CBA coming there is no way in hell Reinsdorf would agree to pay Melo $84mil over 4 years (18, 20, 22, 24). Melo is not worth it!

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Very funny Bigway, I like that "Alaska" remark. That's why this blog is the best. They have a great variety of posters and they're hilarious!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think Rose did exactly what he needed to do last night.
    He stayed out of the way of the more selfish players.

    The East really had no shot at winning the game.
    Our two options on the court were either ...
    1. Go with the 4 old guys who couldn't keep up with the pace of the game at all.
    or
    2. Go with the 3 guys who preferred to keep giving the ball back to the West over and over again.

    Lebron will get all the "credit" for bringing the East back to a close game, but really he was just grandstanding and ruining any chance the East had to win the game.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Getting voted to the all-star game is important. Play in the all star game is unimportant. It might have a tiny effect on the MVP voters, but whose MVP campaign took off during the all-star break? It is just an entertaining (the best of all 4 sports) exhibition. I hope to see good stuff out of Rose, but I don't care if I don't. I would love it if he froze out Dwyane and LeBron like Isaiah did to MJ, but that would never, never happen. Hope he does well, though. Least important game of the year, besides the exhibition games. Could be one of the most entertaining though.

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