He's added new wrinkles to his game every season, expanding the range on his jumper to go with those explosive drives to the basket. He went from shooting 22.2 percent and 26.7 percent on 3-pointers his first two years to a more respectable 33.2 percent this season, and his scoring average again climbed about four points after going from 16.8 to 20.8 his first two years.
No surprise there.
He was a fixture at the team's practice facility in the offseason when he wasn't getting ready for the world championships. When he was on the road, he was constantly checking in, asking about his teammates and what he should be doing.
That struck a chord with Thibodeau, the long time NBA assistant who finally got a shot after helping Boston win a championship and get back to the NBA finals. So did this: the experience Rose gained with the national team, particularly playing alongside Chauncey Billups.
Now, the kid from the South Side who led his hometown team back to prominence can call himself MVP.
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