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Derrick Rose becomes youngest ever to win NBA’s coveted MVP award

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At just the tender age of 22, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose became the youngest player ever to win the NBA’s coveted MVP award.  The announcement came late Tuesday afternoon in a press conference from Chicago, Illinois.

The first Bull to secure the award since the great Michael Jordan brought it home to the “Windy City” after the 1997-98 season, Rose, one of Chicago’s very own, delighted NBA fans everywhere this season with his determined command of a young and relatively inexperienced Bulls team.

Chicago ended the regular season with the league’s best overall record at 62-20 snatching homecourt throughout the 2011 NBA playoffs.

Their 62 win total was a 21-game increase in the win column from the previous year when they went a respectable 41-41 finishing up with the last spot in the 2010 Eastern Conference Playoff seedings.

Rose had already looked worthy of his #1 overall 2008 draft selection before the 2011 NBA regular season started.

In his first two remarkable seasons the 6-3, 190-pound point guard averaged an impressive 18.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds suiting up in 159 out of a possible 164 games.

However, after helping take home a Gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championships from Istanbul, Turkey this summer, Rose used that momentum to springboard his foray into the collective consciousness of the games’ greatest current players.

Talk of MVP became more than just a brief mention as Rose marshaled the Bulls to the league’s best overall record, the number one seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and countless late-game heroics throughout the 82-game regular season.

Statistically Rose ended the year averaging 25.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

He saw his 3-point shooting percentage soar from 24.5% in his first two seasons to a respectable 33.2% in 2011.

But Rose always thought he had at least an outside chance at the league’s most prestigious award.

“Back in training camp when I said I wanted to be MVP, I wasn’t trying to be cocky at all,” Rose said from his emotional press conference Tuesday. “I knew that I put a lot of hard work in over the summer in the offseason, and I just wanted to push myself.”

It’s amazing what can happen when you believe in yourself and put those words into action.  Rose is a great example of just that.

In terms of the MVP voting numbers this season Rose totaled 1,182 points with 113 first-place votes, Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard finished second nabbing a total of 643 points and three first-place votes with LeBron James, the leagues’ winner of the last two MVP awards, ranking third with 522 total points and four first-place votes and Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant ending up fourth tallying 428 points and one first-place vote.

Now on to more pressing issues with the Bulls down 0-1 to the surprising Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Rose will have to put in an MVP-type performance Wednesday evening if his team hopes to pull even, but he’s been doing that all season long.

And now he actually has the hardware to prove it.

Congratulations.  The award is well deserved.

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One Response to "Derrick Rose becomes youngest ever to win NBA’s coveted MVP award"

  1. Gerren W. says:

    This article and video compilation is truly what dreams are made of! I’m really enjoying this website!

    …AND GO DERRICK ROSE!!! Humble, honest and a true workhorse for the Chicago Bulls.

    If you love or even just like basketball and this doesn’t inspire you… Somethin’ might be wrong.

    EXCELLENT!

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