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Derrick Rose calls LeBron James ‘the best’

Updated: October 28, 2013 6:46PM

Numbers are great. All-Star Games, post-season awards, shoe commercials, all of it. Any player in the NBA would welcome it with open arms.

But that championship hardware, that’s what really validates.

So when Derrick Rose was asked on Monday just how good four-time MVP LeBron James really is, it took a little prodding to reach a definitive answer.

“He’s one of the best in the league,’’ Rose said. “His size, the way he passes the ball, he’s just an overall dangerous player and [Tuesday night], we’ve just got to make sure we stick him as a team.’’

When then asked if “one of the best’’ meant the best, Rose replied: “You can call it the best. He won a championship, he’s got two under him, so for sure, he’s the best.’’

Rose had a slightly different answer back in July, when he was asked by CNN who the best player in the NBA was right now.

“Derrick Rose,’’ was his response.

Obviously, Rose’s opinion has changed the past few months. Or maybe it was just gamesmanship on the eve before the Bulls open the 2013-14 regular season in Miami.

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