Chicago does not have famous actors and actresses running around its streets on a daily basis. Chicago does not have Madison Square Garden, Central Park or the Statue of Liberty. Chicago has sports, and that’s all Chicago wants and needs.
The Most Valuable Player award in the NBA might not be enough of a reward for Derrick Rose this season. Not only is he his team’s most valuable player and the NBA's most valuable player, but he is also the city of Chicago's MVP.
Derrick Rose is the face Chicago has been looking for to lead this city ever since Michael Jeffrey Jordan retired (from the Bulls at least). Ozzie Guillen is a polarizing figure, as he always tells you how he feels when he feels it. Unfortunately Ozzie does not have much of a fan base to be the face of Chicago. The Cubs are in transition mode and Lou Pinella, while being a hall of fame manager, just did not have the fire in the belly to take the city by storm before retiring last year.
The Blackhawks brought the city together last year by winning the Stanley Cup, but people are still getting used to hockey being played in Chicago. To go with that they have two young stars in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, but who is the face of that franchise?
The Chicago Bears have a very talented quarterback in Jay Cutler who wants nothing to do with the media and a coach who makes watching paint dry seem like a walk-off home run. While this is a Bears town, no one in that franchise seems to want to grab the bull by the horns.
That leaves us with our Bull, Derrick Rose, Chicago born and raised. This city is back on the map because of him not only this year but for next year and 10 more years after that.
When “experts” on the radio, television, or in the papers argue whether or not he is the MVP, they are not only questioning how good he is on the court, they are questioning the city that helped shape him into the player and person he is today.
“Too big too fast too strong too good” is a common catchphrase used by a local announcer, but he forgot the best thing about this rising superstar...too humble. He embraces this city, he loves the fans, the streets, the food, and the fans again.
Postgame interviews often consist of smiles and giving everyone but himself credit. In his eyes, he is surrounded by the coach of the year, teammates of the year, front office of the year, and towel boy of the year. Someone should let him in on a little secret, not only does his play on the court give him the edge in MVP voting but his personality, work ethic, and sincerity off the court make him more valuable than any award he could receive.
Player introductions are pretty standard across the NBA. For most players, it consists of position, college played, and name. In Chicago however, we have:
"STARTING AT POINT GUARD FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS... DERRRRRIIICCCKKK ROOOOSSSSEEEE!!!" and Chicago thanks him for that.
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