Now that the NBA season is slowly winding to a close, every single person who is somehow involved with an NBA franchise must be asked who they think should win MVP. Sorry, but that’s just how it works. It’s called journalism, Ask Jeeves about it.

Sometimes that means you’re getting an answer from Rick Brunson, but sometimes it means you’re getting an answer from the best basketball player ever. And that’s exactly what happened last night, when the Bulls played the Charlotte Bobcats, who just so happen to be owned by Michael Jordan. From the Chicago Tribune:

“MVP of the season,” the Bobcats owner said Wednesday night after the Bulls downed his team 101-84. “He deserves it. He’s playing that well, without a doubt.”

Then Jordan offered that sly smile.

“And if he doesn’t get it, now he will see how I felt a lot of those years,” the Bulls’ Hall of Famer said.

OK, cool for Derrick Rose. The greatest of all-time thinks he should be MVP when he’s only 22 years old. Bully for him. Great compliment. Best compliment. But can we talk about Michael Jordan for a second?

Can this guy ever not be Michael Jordan? I mean, he goes from complimenting a young player to immediately bringing up a 25-year-old grudge. It’s incredible. Obviously Michael Jordan is the most Michael Jordan person ever, but sometimes he does something that really drives that point home. Never change, except your jacket.

That being said, you have to wonder how this affects Rose’s MVP campaign. On one hand, Michael Jordan is the ultimate co-sign. He’s a Hall of Famer with six NBA championships and five MVPs. He’s legit. On the other hand, he drafted Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison, so maybe he is not the best judge of talent.

Plus, as I mentioned before, the clothes, which kind of make it hard to take him seriously as a grown-up.

(via EOB)

Comments (5)

  1. He’s not the best judge of talent prior to NBA exposure.

    Rose has that.

  2. i think you mean Bobcats not Hornets. Although it was nice to see Charlotte Hornets written out again. Got an instant flash of purple and aqua when I saw it.

  3. Oh wow. Brain slips in to 1994 mode occasionally. Miss you, Kendall Gill.

  4. Seriously, I don’t think this will affect Rose’s MVP candidacy at all – it’ll be the Bulls in the 2nd seed without another All-Star player, it’ll be the domination of the league’s elite since early December (10-0), it’ll be the 3-0 sweep of the Heat (where all of the ‘Big 3′ rejected the Bulls), and ultimately his 24+pts, and 8+ast per game average*** that will either be enough to get him the award, or won’t be enough to get him the award.

    Regarding your “most Michael Jordan person” comment, you really miss the while point there. People criticize Jordan for openly holding grudges and being hyper competitive, but that’s the very trait that propelled him to be the GOAT. The guy is literally borderline insane with his manic narcissism and the need to show how great he is, and the need to others’ approval. To criticise Jordan for this now, while rooting for him during his glory days is a bit hyprocritical. Jordan has always been like this, and he’ll always be like this.

    *** Only been done 20 times in NBA history, and 11 of those were Oscar Robertson. Only been done 4 times in the last 40 years or so.

  5. @Dave you are opening by “you completely miss the point” and the proceed to just say exactly what the article says, minus the slight sarcasm.

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