He attacked the rim with a reckless abandon on his way to 24.1 points and 7.4 assists per game, carrying the Bulls offense all the way to the conference finals, picking up an MVP trophy along the way.
He did it driving in a straight line. Literally. He is a straight-line kind of guy with insane quickness and body control that makes it all work.
But that is starting to change, and the change will be good for the Bulls.
Coach Anthony Macri — a player development consultant with the Pro Training Center (David Thorpe’s company) — broke it down at Hoopsworld.
The guards that moved in Z’s and V’s were typically the explosive athletes, attacking scoring lanes, moving diagonally in straight lines, locating a weak spot and hurtling themselves toward it. They included guys like Russell Westbrook and Tyreke Evans. The ones who probed defenses in curves (S’s and C’s) were players like Steve Nash and Stephen Curry….
Derrick Rose was much more in the first group – the Z’s and V’s category – than any other. But in the last few weeks, we have seen somewhat of a transformation for Rose as he starts to implement aspects of a “curvier” approach to his game. Rose still attacks in straight lines, but rather than stop when he gets himself to a point where he can no longer penetrate, he now bends his penetration, keeping his dribble alive, and continues his attack as more of a probe.
Because this is a relatively new dynamic for Rose, his default is to look for his own offense, which is part of the reason he is taking more attempts than he had been even during the regular season. In many ways, this kind of shift is paradigmatic for a point guard – changing the way they have always been successful is not an easy transition. So, in Rose’s case, it seems like a step back (in shooting percentage, assist totals, etc.), but the reality is he will emerge from this a more complete and therefore better player.
His point is scary for the league — when this transformation is complete Rose is going to be so much better player. A much better point guard, and his teammates will adjust and set themselves up in good spots (like they do around Nash). Rose will still score but he will be better at setting up teammates as well, more patient in finding the holes in the defense.
Will the early stages of this evolution be enough againt the Heat starting Sunday night? That is another question all together.
Well, you knew it wouldn’t take long for Adidas to jump on marketing Derrick Rose as MVP.
And here it is, the first ad, featuring Rose’s quote from the beginning of the season wondering why he couldn’t have an MVP season, that he set that out as a goal for himself. It seemed to be cocky at the time, but it turned out to be prophetic.
Notice Adidas is not using footage of Rose’s twice-sprained ankle in the playoffs as part of this video.
We knew it was coming, seemingly forever, and as should be expected it was a runaway.
Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP. The youngest ever at age 22. The most recent in Chicago Bull to win it since that guy with the statue out in front of the United Center. Rose becomes only the second MVP to win playing for his hometown (Wilt Chamberlain in Philadelphia).
Rose gave a personal, emotional acceptance speech thanking his mother for all her sacrifices. He talked a lot about how they helped lay a foundation for who he became.
“I remember coming in to training camp saying that I wanted to be MVP,” Rose said. “I wasn’t trying to be cocky at all. I knew that I put a lot of hard work in in the summer, in the offseason and I just wanted to push myself, and that was about it.”
Rose was the Bulls offense. While there are other guys who can score — well, theoretically Carlos Boozer can score — Rose was not only expected to create the shots for himself and others. When he was on the floor, 32.2 percent of Bulls plays ended with a Rose shot, assist, turnover or him being fouled. That was a higher percentage than any other player in the NBA.
Rose was a runaway with 113 first place votes out of 120 and 1,182 points. Orlando’s Dwight Howard finished second with 643 points, followed by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant in the voting.
Rose was the engine of the offense of a Chicago Bulls team that won 62 games. Actually, that understates it. He was the engine, transmission, axles, wheels, bucket leather seats and cup holders of the Bulls offense. Joakim Noah was the tail lights.
Rose will be the youngest MVP ever at age 22. Rose averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists per game and by the end had the backing of just about everybody for MVP. Well, just about everyone with a vote. While there was some push for Dwight Howard it never gained serious traction with voters as Rose and his Bulls played better basketball than other teams over the last month of the season. He’s a good choice.
Tuesday makes sense for the announcement, usually the announcement is done on an off-day between games then the award is presented before a home playoff game. The Bulls play Game 2 against the Hawks at the United Center Wednesday.