Morning Box Score: NBA All-Star Weekend
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Feb 15, 2010 3:30PM
The Chicago Bulls sent two representatives to Dallas this weekend for the NBA's annual All-Star Weekend. Rookie Taj Gibson suited up for the first year squad in the Rookie Challenge on Friday and scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in the game that saw the rooks beat the second years players 140-128.
Perhaps the sophomores could've used Bulls point guard Derrick Rose on the their team. Originally a part of the roster, he announced that he was going to bow out of the event when he was named as reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. After a scary looking crash to the floor injured Rose last week, the Bulls star also decided against trying to defend his title in Saturday's Skills Competition as well.
Rose did, however, choose to suit up for the weekend's main event in spite of the hip injury. In the Eastern Conference's 141-139 victory in the All-Star Game, Rose scored eight points, dished four assists and recorded three steals in 15 minutes of playing time. Was it enough to make an impression on LeBron or All-Star Game MVP Dwyane Wade? When asked about lobbying his fellow All-Stars about joining the Bulls this summer, he commented, "Chicago is a nice place. I would love to play with any free agent. Right now, they're all looking good to us, and I hope the front office makes the right decision."