Michael Jordan: Derrick Rose is MVP
By Herb Gould firstname.lastname@example.org March 9, 2011 11:34PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan endorsed Derrick Rose as the NBA’s best player after seeing the new Bulls star shred MJ’s Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
‘‘He’s the MVP for the season,’’ said Jordan, a five-time MVP. ‘‘He deserves it. He’s playing that well. And if he doesn’t get it, you’ll see how I felt a lot of years.’’
While appreciative, Rose said there’s a lot of work to be done.
‘‘I wish, man,’’ said Rose, who had 20 points and six assists. ‘‘It’s a great that he said that. It’s an honor. We’re just trying to keep winning. The award will come if we keep winning. We’re trying to play hard and play together. We just have to keep playing aggressive, and play with an edge.’’
Jordan playfully joked that he wasn’t planning to attend Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the Bulls’ first NBA title.
‘‘I’m not gonna be there,’’ he said, but was unable to hold his deadpan look. ‘‘No, I’ll be there, I’m looking forward it.’’
Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau weren’t overly concerned with the string of 19 straight missed three-balls that the Bulls playmaker ended against New Orleans Monday night.
‘‘Not at all,’’ Rose said. ‘‘Just keep shooting. I knew I wasn’t gonna miss all of them. Thank God, I hit a couple of them last game. That hasn’t stopped the way we’ve played. We’ve been playing great. I was just missing shots.’’
Thibodeau agreed, saying Rose, a 32.8 percent three-point shooter (89-for-271) going into Wednesday’s meeting with the Bobcats, remains a solid long-range shooter.
Rose was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc vs. the Bobcats. He had gone 2-for-6 vs. New Orleans on Monday, ending a three-game, 0-for-14 three-point drought.
‘‘You don’t want to over-react,’’ the coach said. ‘‘He shoots them every day. I’ve seen enough now where I’m very confident in his ability to make those.
‘‘Some of them were heaves at the end of the clock. You throw those out. A lot of them were right on line. They’re in and out.’’
Situations within possessions also impact his accuracy, Thibodeau said.
‘‘The best threes for him are the ones that are coming off the quick swing — off of Carlos [Boozer’s] post-up or the drive-and-kick game,’’ the coach said.
The Bulls finished the season 2-2 vs. Charlotte.
◆ When the Bulls take on Atlanta on Friday, they’ll be going after their first 10-game home winning streak since the spring of 1998.