Noah concedes that he “doesn’t like” the MVP chants from fans.
Despite his inspirational performances so far this season, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah insists that Derrick Rose is still the team’s MVP.
Following Chicago’s 95-88 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, Bulls reporter Chuck Swirsky asked the team’s leader how he felt about the ‘MVP’ chants that were ringing out at United Center during the game.
“I don’t like it. Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP, and that’s Derrick Rose. And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings and one day I hope that we can get one here,” he said.
Nevertheless, despite his dismissive response, it has led to many experts within the US media to insist that this is Noah’s team, for this season at least, given the role he is playing.
With the triple-doubles clocking up as well as the effort that he demonstrates which in turn gets a reaction from the home crowd, Noah has emerged as arguably the best center in the game at the time of writing.
While he was keen to control expectations after the win by conceding that they must repeat the performance in the playoffs, he was also insistent that whatever he responded with would not be seen as an indirect shot at Rose.
Despite the point guard’s absences through injury, he is still the individual that many see is the only player capable of taking the Bulls to the next level and competing with the Heat and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference.
While Rose is not expected back until next season due to a second serious knee injury, it remains to be seen how far Noah can take the Bulls this year, although as he reiterated he isn’t concern with MVP talk, he is all about bringing an NBA championship back to Chicago.