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Jrue Holiday reveals MVP Derrick Rose is toughest player he’s ever guarded

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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday says MVP Derrick Rose is the toughest player he’s ever guarded.

Before the injuries, Rose was one of the most unstoppable players in the NBA and Holiday was forced to guard him since they both played point guard:

“Derrick Rose had everything,” Holiday told JJ Redick on The JJ Redick Podcast. “He was quick and fast. He was so explosive, he’d go by you, and if he couldn’t go by you, he’d just jump over you. Literally, one of the most forceful people I’ve ever played against.”

Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history during the 2010-11 season. He averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists while leading the Bulls to 62 regular season wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The next season, Rose put up 21.8 points and 7.9 assists in 39 games. The 2011-12 season was the lockout season.

Unfortunately, Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls’ first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 playoffs. That was the first of four knee surgeries for Rose, who is now a sixth man contributor for the Detroit Pistons.

However, despite coming off the bench, Rose is still very productive. He’s averaging 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 50 games this season while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line.

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