With MJ sitting courtside and watching his new team play his old, Derrick Rose continued to dazzle as he has all season.
The camera focused on MJ after a particularly impressive drive by Rose and MJ was visibly impressed.
ESPN reported Jordan went on to say about Derrick Rose after the game:
"MVP of the season," Jordan said about Rose after the Bulls' 101-84 win over his Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. "He deserves it. He's playing that well. He deserves it. Without a doubt. And if he doesn't get it, now he'll see how I felt a lot of years."
This is coming after a very well rounded performance from Rose as he scored 20 points, four boards, six dimes, two steals and three blocks.
His Airness now has a heir in Chicago.
The first Bulls starting All-Star since the playing days of MJ, Derrick Rose has been everything and more the franchise and the city has asked of him. It's hard to forget he is still very young; heck, he would be competing for a spot in the NCAA big dance if he hadn't gone pro.
But instead, he is leading a team in the hunt for first place and is a leading candidate for MVP.
With MJ making such forward and direct comments, it is clear the respect he has earned is universal amongst current and former NBA players.
If the NBA players all are in agreement that D-Rose is MVP and the media is also in agreement, the only other people that need to agree are the MVP voters.
Is it too early to go on and say Derrick Rose has already won the award? His statistics are indicative of a MVP winner. The Bulls are a potential No. 1 seed. The media has built up considerable hype about his season.
If anyone else wins, it would be a huge upset. Just give the man his award!
MJ's comments come right after the Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf predicted multiple championships for the team within the near future.
While that might be a little soon to be making such a comment, and especially before the Bulls have a competent shooting guard, a championship might be in the cards. And if Derrick Rose continues his stellar play, a new banner just might be hung in the United Center before long.