Derrick Rose received a third-place vote for the 2011-2012 NBA MVP, placing him 10th in this season's voting. LeBron James took home the award for the third time in his career, coming a year after Rose garnered the honor.
With five points, but a third-place vote, Rose finished above Dwayne Wade (6 points), Russell Westbrook (4 points), Dirk Nowitzki (4 points), Tim Duncan (3 points) and Joe Johnson (1 point). Rose joined James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard among those who received a third-place vote.
Rose played in only 39 games this season, averaging 21.8 points per game (down about 3 points from his 2010-2011 average) with 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game as well. Of course, Rose played hobbled for much of the season, which contributed to his career-low shooting percentage of .435.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.
At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.
Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.
Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.
Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.
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