Bulls guard Derrick Rose to be named NBA MVP for 2010-11 season.
Derrick Rose will be named the NBA’s MVP of the 2010-11 regular season, according to an ESPN report.
Rose will be notified of the win Tuesday and presented with the trophy before Game 2 of Chicago’s series against the Atlanta Hawks, the website reported through a source.
Rose, at 22 years old, is the youngest to ever win the award, one he has been considered a lock to take home. Forever modest, Rose has shut down speculation he was the league MVP for months and made such comments as recently as Sunday.
In a year when his coach, Tom Thibodeau, was named Coach of the Year, Rose averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Rose and Thibodeau will become the 12th player-coach duo to win MVP and Coach of the Year in the same season.
During his statistical climb from a year ago, his team also jumped from the Eastern Conference No. 8 seed a season ago to the No. 1 position in the 2010-11 playoffs.
What many considered while voting Rose the MVP was his ability to keep the Bulls afloat as big men Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missed considerable stints during the season. Before his name was necessarily in play, Rose made comments that grabbed attention.
"The way I look at it, within myself, why can’t I be the MVP of the league?" he said. "Why can’t I be the best player in the league? Why? Why can’t I do that?"
Apparently, he can.
Rose led a Bulls team that never lost more than two games in a row during a long 82-game season. They finished at 62-20 to claim the best record in the NBA, making this Bulls team the first to reach 60 wins since Michael Jordan’s 1997-98 Chicago squad.