Rose named NBA All-Star starter for second straight year

By Adam Fluck | 02.02.2012

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose will represent the Chicago Bulls as an Eastern Conference starter at guard in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. An official announcement was made Thursday evening on TNT.

Rose received a total of 1,514,723 votes, third most among all NBA players and trailing only Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant.

Derrick Rose

“Playing in a game of that magnitude with guys who have won championships will only help me learn and continue to get better,” said Rose, now a three-time NBA All-Star.
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“Without the support from the fans, this wouldn’t be possible,” said Rose. “I really appreciate that; it’s what makes playing in Chicago so special. I also have to thank my coaches and teammates for everything they’ve done in helping me grow as a player and get to this point. It will be an honor to participate with so many of the league’s top players in the All-Star Game.”

This marks the third All-Star selection for Rose, who was named as a reserve in 2010 and became the first Bulls player since 1998 to be named a starter in 2011.

“It’s huge,” said Rose, who is one of 16 players in NBA history to have won both the league MVP award, as well as the Rookie of the Year award. “Playing in a game of that magnitude with guys who have won championships will only help me learn and continue to get better.”

Rose will be joined by Miami’s Dwyane Wade in the backcourt, while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Howard, the overall leader with 1,600,390 votes, round out the Eastern Conference starters. Western Conference starters include Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.

Seven All-Star reserves for each team—determined by a vote among coaches from each team, with coaches unable to vote for their own players—will be announced on Feb. 9. With Luol Deng and Joakim Noah expected to receive consideration, the Bulls could be poised to have a second All-Star for the first time since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1997.

If the Bulls still have the conference's best record as of Feb. 15, Tom Thibodeau would coach the game for the East. As of Thursday’s announcement, Chicago owns a one-game lead over Atlanta, Philadelphia and Miami. The Pacers trail the Bulls by 1.5 games in the standings. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks will likely coach the West, given his Thunder holds a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 7 p.m. CT on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.