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Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose says MVP chants in Chicago ‘meant a lot’

Derrick Rose, Timberwolves

Derrick Rose of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the youngest MVP in league history, got MVP chants from Chicago Bulls fans on Wednesday. He admitted that this meant a lot and he had to smile to let the fans know:

In his first and only game back in Chicago this season, Derrick Rose guided the Wolves to a 119-94 blowout victory. The 30-year-old finished with 24 points, eight assists, and two steals.

This season has been a revelation for Rose so far. After years of battling injuries, one can safely say that Rose is slowly returning back to his old form. He’s currently averaging 18.7 points per game — his highest average since the 2011-2012 season (21.8). It was the year after he was crowned the youngest MVP in league history at 22 years old.

Wednesday’s win over his old team can be added to the list of milestones Rose has accumulated this season. Who could forget the 50-point explosion against the Utah Jazz on Halloween, when fans saw the Rose of old with a litany of his signature athletic layups and floaters? Who could forget how emotional he got after the game and let the world know about the hard work he has put in to get back in shape?

Wednesday in Chicago may not have been as mesmerizing a performance, but the night in Rose’s hometown was just as special.