The Most Enlightened Bulls Fans Don't Think Rose Is MVP
TUP always tries its hardest to be more signal than noise, and it's the reason we've stayed relatively quiet on the MVP race, even as a new writer/player/coach makes an opinion public every day. From here on out, though, it'll get increasingly more difficult. We wrote that Rose's MVP buzz was 'deafening' way back on January 4; I'm not sure what that makes the current climate. Vociferous? Toxic? You get the point: this is a cause near and dear to the Fanboy Army, and they aren't about to let you forget just how miserable the world would be without Derrick Rose. TUP isn't here to argue.
As this thing inches closer to completion, it's becoming obvious that Rose is the clear favorite for the award. Juwan Howard and Chris Bosh have voiced their endorsement -- even as their teammate LeBron James acts as Rose's biggest competition. Last night, Hornets coach Monty Williams joined the bandwagon, too.
So this is where we're at: the question isn't so much *will* Rose win, it's *should* he win. Surprisingly -- or not surprisingly, depending on how closely you follow this stuff -- most of the Internet's most enlightened Bulls fans don't think Rose is deserving. Let's go to the tweets. First up, Matt from Blog-a-Bull:
Next is an exchange between two Chicago Now Bulls bloggers. Doug Thonus -- who recently wrote a post endorsing Rose as MVP -- tweeted that he thought it was ridiculous a commenter asserted that there are six more worthy candidates for the award than Rose. Load o' Bull responds:
I'll give the final word to Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer, who had the most grounded take on all of this.
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Dwyer is unapologetic about being a Bulls fan, though unlike the rest of us, his job requires objectivity. That is to say, he isn't part of the Fanboy Army. Still, it's a great take, and will likely be everyone's go-to defense mechanism if Dwight Howard or Dirk or LeBron somehow pass Rose before season's end.
It appears unlikely that that's going to happen, though. As LeBron watches his masculinity take a blow from any and every Jim Rose-esque personality, and Howard's team struggles to keep up with the conference's elite, Rose's grip seems to be tightening on the award. Don't discount the story, too, no matter how irrelevant it would be in an ideal world. If Rose has one thing going for him, it's the narrative: the whole "why can't I be MVP?" quote at the beginning of the season is storybook stuff, as is the "hometown boy as savior" angle. And let's not forget: the Bulls are really freaking good. Without another overpoweringly strong candidate, Rose may make the most sense.
Here's where I'm at: I want Rose to win MVP; I don't really care if he's the most deserving or the third most deserving. Perhaps it amounts to something close to basketball stupidity if he gets the award, but the world has survived bigger tragedies. Unless you fancy yourself as some type of basketball historian, I'm not sure why it matters so much to get it "right". These things get screwed up constantly, and in every sport. Why can't Chicago and D. Rose be on the receiving end this time?