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Rivers praises Rose

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Doc Rivers has a problem with the voting that selected Bulls point guard Derrick Rose as the NBA's rookie of the year. The Boston Celtics coach wants to know how anyone could not vote for Rose.

"I want to know who didn't vote for him," Rivers said Thursday following the Celtics shootaround. "No, really, if that wasn't guaranteed unanimous... It wasn't, right?"

When informed that nine of the 120 voters didn't cast their first-place vote for Rose, Rivers said: "C'mon, call those guys out. If that wasn't the layup of the year ... I mean, he's everything you want in a player and more off the court, too, in terms of how he handles himself.

"I thought he was put in a really tough situation here where you have veterans with contract situations and veterans who have done it their way and they were told they were giving the ball to a rookie and he was going to run the team. Very few people could have pulled that off and he did.

"Forget the basketball. The fact he did that, to me, he should have gotten rookie of the year."

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