Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rose Is The MVP? Who Cares?

This isn't meant to pick on Derrick Rose.

I actually happen to be a big fan.

But when I hear him say he wants to be the MVP and hear others say he is the MVP, the only thing I can think is, who cares?

Or to quote Derrick Coleman, "Whoop de damn doo!"

You play basketball for one reason and one reason only, and it's not to win the MVP.

Herman Edwards best described why you play.

At the end of the day, the only thing which counts is whether or not this is happening in Chicago at the end of the season because it is the only thing that matters.

Do you think the city of Chicago will throw Derrick Rose a parade for winning the MVP?

I don't either.

Rose didn't grow up in Chicago rooting for the Bulls because Michael Jordan won six MVPs.

The six other things Jordan and the Bulls won probably had a little more to do with it.

I couldn't tell you who won the MVP in 1989 or most other years. But I can tell you who won every championship from 1957-2010.

And I don't know and don't care how many MVPs Bill Russell won. But I know he won 11 championships.

Robert Horry won 7, Jordan and Scottie Pippen 6, Magic, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant 5; Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal 4, Larry Bird 3, Isiah Thomas and Hakeem Olajuwon 2 and Doctor J, Moses Malone, Ben Wallace, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo 1.

Derrick Rose has 0, along with LeBron James, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, Karl Malone and John Stockton.

Everyone has somehow gotten off track and lost sight of what is really important.

You establish your legacy in the NBA by winning championships, not MVPs or anything else.

MVPs, All-Star appearances, scoring titles, rebounding titles, assist titles, double-double streaks and all of those other things are nice; but to tell you the truth, they really don't matter.

Winning is the only thing that matters.

So Derrick Rose wants to be MVP, and he may win it.

Ten years from now, some people will remember.

When he brings a championship home to Chicago, no one will ever forget (:55).

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