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LOOK: Ex-MVP Derrick Rose gifts Luka Doncic with autographed jersey

JR Isaga
LOOK: Ex-MVP Derrick Rose gifts Luka Doncic with autographed jersey

HOTSHOT. Luka Doncic continues his stellar rise in the league.

Photo by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose surprises Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic after the game

It takes one elite basketball talent to recognize another, and on Friday, April 2 (Saturday, April 3, Manila time) Luka Doncic just got himself another admirer.

Following the New York Knicks’ 99-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, former NBA MVP Derrick Rose surprised the Slovenian sensation by giving him his game-worn jersey, complete with an autograph and an inspiring message.

“Keep pushing yourself! I’m a huge fan of your game!” Rose wrote.

Like Rose back in the day, Doncic skyrocketed to superstar status almost immediately after setting foot in the NBA.

Once pegged as an early-season MVP candidate this year, the 22-year-old is currently averaging 28.7 points, 8.9 assists, and 8.1 rebounds on a career-high 49% clip and 38% from three.

If the Mavericks steadily improve their current 25-21 record moving forward, Doncic may just be a late-season favorite to be the youngest MVP winner since Rose achieved the feat in 2011 at just 22 years and 6 months old.

As for Rose himself, the 32-year-old grizzled veteran is still going strong despite multiple career-altering injuries over the years.

He is currently an integral bench piece by his old coach Tom Thibodeau for the Knicks’ unprecedented playoff push. –