Bulls Shut Out in All-Star Reserves
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Feb 4, 2011 4:40PM
While the Bulls' Derrick Rose was voted into the starting line-up for the NBA All-Star game, he'll be traveling to Los Angeles by himself for the main event. Last night, the rosters' reserves were announced, and no other Bulls made the cut. Before going down with a thumb injury in December, Joakim Noah looked to be a lock for the game. Carlos Boozer deserved a spot, given his 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds/game. Of course, he did miss the first month of the season with a broken hand. Luol Deng was an other potential long shot, averaging 17.8 points, 6.2 rebounds. Ultimately, the rest of the Bulls were snubbed.
So does that decision bolster Rose's MVP aspirations? The Bulls, with their 34-14 record, are third best in the conference, a half-game back of the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics are at the top. But Boston landed four players on the squad, while all three of Miami's superstars made the team. Hell, even Atlanta had two players chosen. And yet the Bulls are 20 games over .500 on the back of one All-Star? That must mean Derrick Rose is the most valuable of all. Perhaps he'll use the Feb. 20 affair to prove it to the rest of the NBA.