CHICAGO – Derrick Rose has been having an all-star like season and he was rewarded with that very title on Thursday. Rose was named a starter on this years Eastern Conference All-Star team. This is significant not only for Rose, but for the Bulls as well.
Rose’s spot on the All-Star team marks the first time a Bull has been a starter since the 1998 season.
“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,” Rose said after the announcement. “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.”
Rose joins quite a class of elite superstars. As a member of the All-Star team, D-Rose will be playing alongside Dwayne Wade (the other starting guard), LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, and Dwight Howard as starters. Rose finished second in voting among guards and beat out Celtics guard Rajon Rondo by 327,699 votes (Rose finished with nearly 2 million votes).
But merely being an All-Star isn’t enough for Rose. He’s hungry for much more.
“Yes, [being a premier All-Star] would be one of the goals,” he said. “But having a winning record and getting MVP and of course a championship would be on the top of the list. Being a starter is almost like just being in the game.”