Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by hklar17:
He is also the primary scorer and at times no one else has the balls to do anything so Rose does what he has to do. Also one of the main reasons he is the heavy favorite is b/c of our record and the injuries we have had w/ Noah & Boozer, yet Rose has continued to lead this team and keep WINNING!
Pretty Awesome we got 50 wins. These last 13 games are gonna be fun to watch and see what we seed we end up with.
He's been phenomenal this year, and has definitely taken "the leap". However, I think that the main reason for the Bulls' success this year has been the team defense, led by Tom Thibodeau. How that dude never landed a coaching gig before this year is beyond me.
As phenomenal as Rose is, the Bulls' offense hasn't been bad, but it hasn't been great either. Chicago's scoring 107.7 points per 100 possessions, which is 13th in the league. I believe this is the main responsibility of a team's best offensive player, and it's not the result of Rose not having enough talent around him. Both Kobe Bryant & LeBron James were leading their teams to Top 7-8 finishes in this category even when they were surrounded by offensively challenged teammates.
However, the Bulls are #1 in the league in defense, surrendering just 99.9 points per 100, a phenomenal number. So I think Rose's MVP campaign is benefiting from the wins that result from Chicago's tremendous defense as opposed to his own offensive prowess. (which is still top notch)
Personally, I think Howard's the MVP by a significant margin. He's still maintained his DPOY level of play from previous seasons, and is now a legitimate, productive #1 option in the post. He's the only thing that holds that team together on both ends.
But Rose is gonna win. He's gotten too much love from the media not to.
He'll win it because Michael Jordan gave him a nice reference. I'm sure there are voters who will base their vote only on MJ's comments.
I don't disagree with much of what you have to say, I mainly disagree with your point about Howard being MVP by a significant margin. Its really between Rose and Howard, but the margin between the two is slim either way. You could the make the same case for Rose, as Rose goes so does the rest of the team. No doubt Thibs took this team to that other level, but its Rose's belief in the system and hard work and humbleness that has his teammates following his lead. I really wouldn't be mad if Howard wins it, I would actually applaud him for it because I feel like the big man position has been underappreciated.
All in all, I'm proud that my Bulls are legit again and have finally landed a superstar of their own. MJ and company left an emptiness to the franchise with brief glimpses of relevance in the mold of the "Baby Bulls" (Curry, Chandler, Deng, Gordon, Hinrich, Nocioni, Noah and even Tyrus "shoulda been LaMarcu Aldridge" Thomas)
. All it took was a bounce of the ball to land DRose, and the hiring of a well respected assistant coach in Tom Thibedeau to finally get back to relevancy.