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Why Derrick Rose Will Continue His MVP Play for the Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on December 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 93-85. 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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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 24, 2011

There is great news in the Chicago area this week and it has nothing to do with the season tip off against the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow.

This news is much more important.

Last season's MVP, Derrick Rose, has signed a five-year extension with the team worth $94.8 million.

At just 22-years-old, Rose was the youngest player ever to win the award a season ago.

Last year, Rose did that without much help around him. He was the majority of the Chicago offense, which ultimately led to the team's defeat in postseason play.

According to NBA.com, "Rose led the league in unassisted field goals last season and ranked second among guards (behind Dwyane Wade) in field goals within five feet of the basket."

However, it was easy for teams to focus heavy on Rose late in the season.

Miami had both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on him during the course of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

It limited his production, but didn't stop him.

Now, with the addition of Richard Hamilton, teams will have to pay attention elsewhere, opening up even more opportunities for the young superstar.

Rose accounted for just about half of the offensive output for the Bulls last season. He was the entire team.

Now that he has a little more help around him, it should actually open up chances for him to make even more plays.

There is always room for improvement. It's something that Rose has acknowledged himself.

He has admitted that his conditioning wasn't as good as it should have been a year ago. It's something he focused on in the offseason.

It's great news to see a young guy at the top of the game always looking to improve instead of taking the easy road out.

Look for this team to continue to improve as a whole with Rose in the driver's seat.

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