Not that it wasn't easy to foresee, but with the Bulls keeping up their winning ways, the drumbeat for Rose recognition will increase regardless of his play (not that he's slowed much).
- though I'll start with Hollinger not buying the hype. As a proponent of treating MVP as an individual award, I'll say that Hollinger's anti-case that the Bulls offense being merely average is just as bad as saying Rose should win because the Bulls have the #1 seed. What if, without Rose, the Bulls offense is league-worst? Wouldn't bringing it up to average be 'valuable'?
- Ric Bucher profile on Rose for ESPN the Magazine
- Sean Deveney profile on Rose at SportingNews, including some invigorating talk of winning the title, like now. (ht: PBT)
- Chris Mannix of SI with a brief whatever on Rose.
- Another sign of the leap: Derrick Rose, pitchman.
- Something similar to this was linked a while back, but: a look back at the work Rose put in during the offseason.
- Great interview of Thibs on the Dan Patrick show this morning. He's gauging this stretch in the best way. We can save 'burnout' (both of body and mind) talk for some other day, right now he has his team taking every game seriously to get that top seed, yet not having them believe they've truly proven anything yet: saving that for the playoffs.
- At SBNation.com, the idea that Thibodeau was the true coup of the 2010 free agent class.
- So I don't have to, Load O' Bull shows the hot shooting of Keith Bogans. Not just for a night, but for months.
- And like Tremendous Upside Potential, I can say I was there for Keith Bogans productivity splurge night. Scal apologizes for the lack of free Big Macs, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites, though hopefully not in the inane way most at the UC celebrate him.
And with that, I'm out for the rest of the week. Sports2 is taking over, so try not to create 5 new posts for the same subject (and maybe only 1 NCAA thing? I don't want it's crappiness to afflict the blog as a whole) . Thanks gang.