When it comes to talking about individual honors or even looking past the next game on the schedule, Tom Thibodeau usually doesn't go there. But the coach didn't hesitate to answer Tuesday when asked if Derrick Rose deserves to be in the discussion for the NBA's most valuable player award.
"Certainly; so far," Thibodeau said. "The big thing is you have to do it for an entire season and your team has to win big. I think that's what the MVP is."
The MVP award will be decided down the road. For now, the Bulls are focusing on trying to get Rose voted in as a starter in the All-Star Game. He trailed Boston's Rajon Rondo by about 12,000 votes in the Eastern Conference results at guard released last week and appears to be closing the gap.
The Bulls haven't had a starter in the All-Star Game since Michael Jordan in 1998.
"It would mean a lot, but it's nothing serious," Rose said of starting. "I'll still be on the team, hopefully, but a starter, that's something I wouldn't want to fight for or anything. That's up to the fans, so I'm not worried about it."