Chicago Sun-Times

Rose named All-Star starter

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Derrick Rose finished second among Eastern Conference guards in the fan balloting for next month's NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles and will start alongside Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Before the announcement was made Thursday night on TNT, Rose addressed the possibility of becoming the Bulls' first All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1998.

"For me to be the first one - if it does happen - would be great," Rose said, "but I didn't think about Michael Jordan or anything like that."

Rose has downplayed the possibility of starting for weeks, saying it would be an honor to be on the team whether he was a starter or a reserve. Last season, Rose became the first Bull since Jordan to play in the All-Star Game when he was a reserve.

The rest of the East starters are Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic at center and LeBron James of the Heat and Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks at forward.

The West starters are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets at guard, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony at forward and Yao Ming at center. Yao is injured and will be replaced by commissioner David Stern when the reserves are announced next week.

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