Like me you probably wait for the rookie's ranking every week on ESPN to see where Derrick ranks in the weeks leading up to his certain Rookie of the year award. With his recent eratic play and getting benched in the 4th I would agree maybe the race is closer but he's still the clear cut winner in my eyes. So I posed a question to David thrope and this was his response.
Dyami, Los Angeles: After watching D Rose lead my Bulls to a 4th quarter come back and a win,what is Del Negro thinking when he benches him in the 4th. Do you think that will also hurt him in the R.O.Y voting?
David Thorpe: (12:38 PM ET ) That comeback was mostly due to a total Artest meltdown. But no, he's still a strong ROY candidate.
Artest melt down? What at the end of the game, give the kid some credit and respect the fact he hit some big tough shots and showed a glimpse of why he is the future. I think his benching does hurt his shot at ROY and more inportantly his development as our superstar.