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Bulls' Derrick Rose named NBA MVP

Bulls' Derrick Rose named NBA MVP

On the eve of Chicago Bulls training camp, Derrick Rose famously and rhetorically asked why he couldn't be the NBA's most valuable player. Rose, the Bulls' third-year superstar guard, got his answer Monday: He can. At 22 years, 7 months, Rose, according to sources, will become the youngest most valuable player in NBA history, supplanting 1969 winner and Hall of Famer Wes Unseld by roughly five months. And Rose did so by taking a huge jump, becoming the first MVP winner since Dave Cowens in 1973 to win the award without receiving one vote the previous year. That's why so many reacted with surprise and skepticism when Rose made his pre-training camp claim. Sure,...