Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose received a huge endorsement for MVP in the NBA. The greatest basketball player of all time and five-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan says Rose deserves the honor.
“I think that kid is coming into his own,” Jordan told reporters. “He’s matured quite a bit, now he can shoot. He has very few flaws. I think he’s a great piece of this franchise.”
Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Bobcats, made his statements as the Bulls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the team’s first NBA Championship.
The 2011 Bulls put on quite a show for Chicago fans at the United Center, as well as former stars Jordan, Scottie Pippen, John Paxson, Horace Grant, Stacey King, Craig Hodges, Will Purdue, Scott Williams, Cliff Levingston and Dennis Hopson. The Bulls hit a team-record 18 three-point shots in a 118-100 rout of the Utah Jazz.
Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 26 points as the Bulls ran away with their 13th win in 15 games. They’re in a virtual tie for the Eastern Conference lead with the Boston Celtics.
Jordan, who led the Bulls to six NBA Championships, told fans that more are on the way.
“You guys are in store for a lot of other championships when you look at this team tonight,” said Jordan. “Don’t be surprised if you have six more coming.”
Everyone’s high on Derrick Rose. He’s become quite a celebrity. He was on the cover of the March 21 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Adidas AG credits sales of Rose’s shoes with helping their revenue growth.
But, while Rose is a star on the court, we shouldn’t forget that his SAT scores cost the University of Memphis its entire 2007-08 season after the NCAA declared him ineligible. That ruling was handed down in March of last year.
What a difference a year makes when it comes to an image makeover.
Video courtesy: Chicago Tribune.