For a number of reasons, the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose is likely on his way to winning his first MVP award. Chiefly among them is his winning personality as the captain and leader of the East's best, and most surprising, team. In an interview with Waddle and Silvy, Rose displayed some key elements of that personality:â†µâ†µ
Humility: When asked about his MVP chances, Rose said, "Oh, man. I try not to really think about it."â†µ
Confidence: In addressing the odds the Bulls can win a title this season despite having never won a playoff series with Rose at the helm, Rose responded:â†µâ†µ
â€œI think that we can [win a championship]. Iâ€™ve been on teams where they always say that weâ€™re too young and inexperienced and we made it pretty far. Last two years I was in the league, we went to the playoffs when nobody thought we were going to make it. In college, we made it to the championship game when no one thought weâ€™d make it. So why canâ€™t we win the championship?â€â†µâ†µ
Swagger: The hosts gave Rose a chance to name a team that might give the Bulls more trouble than others in the playoffs. He refused. "We're willing to take on all the challengers. We're taking on anybody, man. You can't run from people."â†µ
As if all that weren't enough, he credited his teammates for the Bulls' strong overall play, and for giving him the confidence he needs to play as well as he has. "Iâ€™m fortunate to have a bunch of good guys around me that have confidence in me and trust in me," he said. "Thatâ€™s the reason why Iâ€™m playing the way Iâ€™m playing.â€â†µâ†µ
Reading remarks like those makes clear why the media, and his teammates, love Rose.