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Derrick Rose wins rookie honors

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but the Chicago Tribune is reporting this morning that Derrick Rose will be named NBA Rookie of the Year [1].

Rose joins Michael Jordan [2] and Elton Brand as the other Bulls who have won the award, and despite the play of Russell Westbrook [3], the already-overrated OJ Mayo and New Jersey center Brook Lopez [4] (see Kevin Pelton’s ballot [5]), Rose was an absolute lock to win the award.

Here’s what else is happening in Chicago:

Vinny Del Negro is coming under fire [6] for running out of timeouts. You may remember that the Bulls had to resort to a Tyrus Thomas [7] heave from about 70-feet after Ray Allen’s 3-pointer, Monday night.

“People are going to second-guess and first-guess,” Del Negro said. “So what? I don’t care. I’m the coach. I will make the decisions. That’s the way it is.”

Joakim Noah [8]: Voice of reason [9].

The always-awesome Kelly Dwyer broke down Game 2. [10] Good stuff here.