It's Official: Derrick Rose Is NBA's MVP

Sean O'DowdContributor IIIMay 2, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 116-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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What an incredible season the Bulls have had. While this article is being written, they are at halftime during the playoffs against the Hawks. If you told some before the season started the Bulls would make the second round of the playoffs, they would have been surprised.

If you had said before the season the Bulls would have the best record in the NBA you would have been laughed at. If you had mentioned that rookie head coach Tom Thibodeau would win Coach of the Year in a convincing ballot fans would be surprised.

If anyone claimed Derrick Rose would be MVP after he said it was his goal, that person would have been ridiculed. No one believed Derrick when he said it. That is, except Derrick.

The soft-spoken star is officially the MVP tonight according to ESPN as the obvious winner. His stats were incredible and he produced some of the most incredible highlights of the season, no offense Blake Griffin. Oh, and did I mention he did this without half of his front court for most of the season.

MJ is the greatest player of all time and always will be. But it needs to be mentioned that Rose won an MVP before Jordan ever did. Rose led the Bulls to a better record than Jordan did in his third year. He is on his way to the top and is taking this team with him.

So often kids are showed with pictures of immature and selfish athletes. Some kids begin to mimic the cocky attitudes of their idols. But Rose is better than that. He acts humbly all the time, graciously giving credit to the fans, his teammates and coaches. Derrick is truly a role model in the strictest sense of the word and an inspiration.

So Derrick, on behalf of the basketball world congratulations. Your award is a credit to your drive to be the best you can be and you have been a role model and a heck of a basketball player. And I wish I could say more to your credit but the third quarter is about to start.