Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh joined teammate Juwan Howard in giving Derrick Rose the edge over LeBron James for the NBAâ€™s Most Valuable Player Award.
Asked about Howardâ€™s comments on WMVP-AMâ€™s â€˜â€˜Silvy & Waddle Showâ€™â€™ on Wednesday, Bosh agreed that Rose meets the literal definition of the award better than James.
â€˜â€˜Just looking at what heâ€™s done with this team and looking at their record and how improved they are as a team and how improved he is as a player, I think itâ€™s close. But I would give it to Derrick if I had a vote,â€™â€™ Bosh said Thursday after the Heatâ€™s shootaround at the United Center in preparation for tonightâ€™s game against the Bulls.
â€˜â€˜Heâ€™s playing well. Heâ€™s playing like the best point guard in the league and the best player in the league. Heâ€™s THE most valuable player, if you really think about it. You take him out of the lineup, thereâ€™s no telling what youâ€™d get.â€™â€™
Rose is averaging 25.0 points and 8.2 assists per game this season. The Bulls, who are 38-16 overall, are 0-1 this season when Rose does not play. They lost 98-97 to the Nuggets in Denver on Carmelo Anthonyâ€™s 23-footer at the buzzer on Nov. 26, when neither Rose nor Carlos Boozer played for the Bulls. Roseâ€™s backup, C.J. Watson, scored 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting, with three assists.
James is averaging 26.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game this season. The Heat are 42-15 overall, but 0-2 without James. They lost to the Nuggets 130-102 in Denver on Jan. 13; and they lost to the Bulls 99-96 at the United Center on Jan. 15.
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