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All-Star Roster Comes Up Rose-y

By Tim Bearden in News on Feb 4, 2012 7:00PM

One year after Derrick Rose became the Bulls' first All-Star game starter since Michael Jordan, fans decided he needed a repeat appearance.

Rose collected 1.5 millions fan votes, the third highest across All-Star voting. Magic center Dwight Howard led the players picked with 1.6 million votes, with Kobe Bryant close behind. This is Rose's third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. Last year's game drew an eight year high viewership rating for the All-Star game.

Last year Rose was also selected to participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge against spokesman and favorite Chris Paul, who embarrassingly botched a layup early in the challenge, but Rose isn't much of an All-Star game kind of guy.

Rose's competitive streak and intensity on the court don't make nice in a "let's just have some fun" kind of game. If he's out there, he's out there to win. And after the East lost to the West last year, you can bet he's likely out for vengeance.

Even though he's reluctant to play, Rose still considers it an honor to be chosen. He understands the meaning behind being voted to the All-Star game and that it's more for the fans than anything else. But that doesn't mean he won't still want to win.