Add two more players to Derrick Rose's ever-growing list of supporters in his quest to become the youngest NBA MVP ever, this time it was LeBron James and ex-Bull Tyson Chandler.
LeBron, who is also an MVP candidate looking to three-peat for the NBA's
most prestigious award, endorsed Rose as the MVP before the Miami Heat played in
Washington on Wednesday.
"I think [it's] Derrick Rose," James said before the Heat's game Wednesday night against the Wizards.
"What he's done for that team, with all the injuries they have and them
being first in the Eastern Conference -- they're playing some really
Rose, as humble as he is, responded in a way Bulls fans are familiar with.
"Yeah ... I'm speechless right now to tell you the truth," Rose said.
Did we expect anything less from the 22-year-old?
However, the praise doesn't end there. Chandler, who played in Chicago for five seasons, also backed up what the majority of people think: Rose is the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
"The way they are playing right now, they're playing incredible,"
Chandler said to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. "Derrick Rose has taken that team to another level. He's
definitely the MVP, to me, the way he's been playing ... putting pressure
on teams and stepping it up, leading his team on offense and the
defensive end. He has been spectacular this year."
Chandler's comments come after fellow Maverick Jason Kidd also told Fred Michell that Rose is the MVP. The Mavericks have a candidate for MVP in Dirk Nowitzki, but even key players on that team know Rose is the MVP.
LeBron's comments, however, hold much more weight than Chandler's. He's won the award the past two seasons and is seen as this season's winner in the mind of some analysts.
Rose is the MVP favorite and as LeBron also added, the hype and exposure from the media is leaning in his favor as well. It's not like it's undeserved hype, though -- the way Rose has led the Bulls to 54-20 despite injury problems is something not even LeBron can say.
It seems as a class-act by LeBron, but at this point, even he knows that Rose will win the MVP. He's taking the high road now that its becoming painfully obvious for him that the MVP winner will be in Chicago, not Miami.