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Chris Bosh thinks Derrick Rose should be MVP

Feb 25, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT

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Chris Bosh better be careful or he is going to end up in LeBron James’ little black revenge book.

Before the Heat took on the Bulls — and lost in large part due to Derrick Rose — Chris Bosh was asked by what he thought of the chances of Derrick Rose taking the MVP away from the Heat’s LeBron James.

“LeBron has won the last two [MVP awards],” said Bosh. “He is my teammate, but Derrick has had a phenomenal season. Just looking at what he has done with the team and their record, how improved they are as a team and how much improved he is as a player. I think it’s close, but I think I would give it to Derrick if I were a voter.

“He’s playing well, like he’s the best point guard in the league and the best player in the league,” Bosh continued of Rose. “He’s the most valuable player if you really think about it. If you take him out of the lineup, there is no telling what you get.”

The last couple months of the season will decide who gets the MVP, but Rose and LeBron are the two front runners, with a series of guys like Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul just a step behind them.

  1. georgeanderson2 - Feb 25, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Does anyone really fall for the little games anymore? Help create the media hype of the young player, and watch him get crushed by your team of vets. Rose is not even in the same discussion as Lebron. Lebron is your MVP not only for the season he is having in Miami, but he truly has shown what he means to the league and to a team, when we see that you take him away from a team who had the best record in the league last season, and now that team is going to go down as one of the worst in NBA history.

    • nelson8403 - Feb 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      the only thing lebron has showed is how thin the Miami Heat really are, if lebron, wade and bosh don’t score over 70 points they lose. It doesn’t make him more valuable to the team or the league than wade or bosh is. Rose on the other hand has played only 11 games with his core starters, because of injuries yet they are the number 3 team in the east. Rose has risen up this year to play shorthanded night in and night out and has kept them in every single game this year, Rose doesn’t have another player on his team who can score 20-30 points a night.. Lebron has 2.

      • leearmon - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        Derrick Rose is having a TREMENDOUS season. No doubt about it. He’s carried the Bulls with a new head coach, and several new additions to the lineup, all the while Noah, and to a lesser extent, Boozer have dealt with injuries. That being said, while Derrick Rose is, and should be in the conversation, he’s not the most valuable player in the league and clearly not the best player. Lebron James is a polarizing character. Either people really love him, or they hate him. Very rarely do people compartmentalize their personal feelings towards Lebron, and what he did this summer, to what Lebron does on the floor and his amazing play. If you just looked at the numbers, they tell you Lebron is better. If you go by the “eyeball” test, and I know its subjective, but its hard to come up with a thorough argument that Rose is the superior player. Again take your personal feelings aside and just speak on basketball and their play this season. Also this notion that Chicago’s roster is inferior to Miami’s is absurd. The Heat have three superstars (you could make the case Bosh isn’t a superstar) and 3 other rotational players, one of whom is injured (James Jones, MIke Miller Udonis Haslem). Thats it. Chicago however, leaving Boozer and Noah out of the conversation because of their injuries, have Deng, Brewer, Korver and Taj Gibson who holds an INSANE defensive rating of 98!!! Last I checked that was tops in the league. When you add that Boozer has played most of the games thus far you see the Bulls really do have a more complete team. Then there is the Cavaliers. Cleveland for the last two seasons had the best record in all of basketball. Sure, its expected for them to have struggled this season, but not to this extent. There is no excuse for a 60+ win team to struggle to win 15 games in one season. Dont give me Big Z left, and Shaq left, and Andy’s injury etc. Because if we’re being honest we all know that if all those players still were in Cleveland they would still struggle. The one reason the Cavs are awful this year is Lebron. Plain and simple. And one more question, why does Chris Paul always get left out of the national conversation of MVP? He too has a 1st time head coach with a FAR inferior lineup to Rose’s. The Hornets have played a much tougher schedule than the Bulls, and Paul’s numbers compared to Rose’s are laughable at best. Derrick Rose is a legitimate MVP contender, but he’s still not on the same level as two of the game’s true greats.

    • progress2011 - Feb 26, 2011 at 3:30 AM

      George….you have struck the nerve of all the cry baby Cavs fans ( hence your current 39 thumbs down ) !!! I think it is absolutely HILARIOUS !!! Sometimes I will post a comment just to watch all their immediate responses to ” King James ” !

      Call it psychology 101…its too easy

      At the end of the day, LBJ / King James is the hands down MVP….his overall numbers ( boards, assists and points ) plus the on-court leadership makes him more valuable than any other player in the league.

      P.S. How many more thumbs down do you think we can get from the cry baby Cav crew !

  2. florida727 - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Remember, it’s called the Most “Valuable” Player award. Take LeBron off of the Heat and they still contend for the playoffs, maybe even advance to a second round. Take Rose off of the Bulls and they’re a HIGH lottery pick. Most valuable TO HIS TEAM? Rose. Hands down. One game does not make a season, but last night’s is a prime example why my vote would go to Rose. (Yes, I’m somewhat biased, I’m a Chicago fan.)

  3. mookj - Feb 25, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    The NBA MVP award is a League award not a team award. There are plenty of teams that will struggle if they loose their star player.(OKC, Dallas, Lakers, Orlando, Imagine Boston without Rondo.) The fact of the matter is Lebron is the league MVP. Take Lebron away from the league and the whole league changes. Alot of players would have higher rankings if that happened. Hands down Lebron James is the Most Valuable Player in the NBA. He’s proven himself with scrubs on his team as well as superstars and has the highest efficiency rating in the league and that’s what tell you who’s the best. Hey, he even recorded the 2nd triple double in NBA All-Star Game History!!! Come on yall, Is this really even worth discussing?

  4. chitownmatt - Feb 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Come’on Guys, its February!!!!
    Both LeBron and Rose are clearly MVP candidates.

    Can we please wait until May to get back to the serious MVP discussions?!?!?

    • chitownmatt - Feb 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      However, I would like to point out the MVP includes the intangible manifestation that can only be described as “heart”.
      Its half “making your teammates look better”
      Half, “showing your love of the game”
      Half, “showing you loathe to loseout on even a single possession”
      And another half something else entirely.

      After the Cav’s 2nd round exit and “The Decision” there are quite a few people out there that are wondering if LBJ loves the game of basketball anywhere nearly as much as he loves LBJ.

      • progress2011 - Feb 26, 2011 at 3:38 AM

        Dude….your comment is a bunch of jibberish ! You successfully said a whole bunch of NOTHING !!!! Sit in the corner and let grown folks talk.

  5. cordae - Feb 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    I respect Rose and all of his abilities, he’s arguably one of the top 3 PGs in the league with Chris Paul and Deron Williams, but there are things that LeBron can do that he just cant. I know he’s a guy people clearly love to hate, but lets not get all but-hurt and let our feelings cloud our judgement. LeBron can ball, and there are little to no players that can do what he can on the court. Just ask the ’06 pistons…

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