Nick Friedell of ESPNCHicago writes:
“Derrick Rose will be the first Chicago Bull since Michael Jordan to start an NBA All-Star Game. Starters were announced Thursday for the Feb. 20 game to be played in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Rose joins fellow Chicago native Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat as the Eastern Conference’s starting backcourt. They will be joined in the East’s starting lineup by forwards LeBron James of the Heat and Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, the leading vote-getter in the conference with nearly 2.1 million will start at center.”
Chicago’s first All-Star starter since MJ. Man, it’s been a while.
It’s a great accomplishment for Rose, especially considering he’s not even the best player on his own team and in fact pales in comparison to Landry Fields. According to some people.
Said Rose (via statement): “I’m feeling really loved right now, and I appreciate all the support that helped me earn a starting position in the All-Star Game. I want to thank all the fans that voted, especially the people from my hometown of Chicago. I also want to give thanks to the Bulls organization that did a great job promoting me, and most of all I want to thank my teammates and coaches for putting me in this position.”
Of course, when pressed, he was his typical understated self.
Added Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (but before the announcement): “I think it’s recognition for the job he’s done this year. All-Star Games, those are great, and he’s certainly earned it, but I’m concerned with what he’s done for our team. And he’s done a lot for the team. He’s lifted this team up. We still have a long way to go the second half of the season, so the test continues after the midpoint. But I’m happy for him.”
Rose may have needed the good news considering his recent back woes and the two stomach ulcers he’s been dealing with. No more spicy food, Derrick!