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Rose uncomfortable with MJ All-Star comparisons

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INDIANAPOLIS -- If he holds his current position and is elected a starter in next month's NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Derrick Rose will become the Bulls' first All-Star starter since Michael Jordan a year after he became the franchise's first All-Star since Jordan.

But Rose, still just in his third year in the league, is uncomfortable with any comparison to Jordan right now.

"I wouldn't want to be near him right now because he did so much for the Bulls," Rose said Friday. "I'll be just happy to be on the team. I don't look at stuff like that, first All-Star, first starter or whatever. I'm just happy that they nominated me for just being on that team."

Rose hasn't campaigned for a starting nod on the Eastern Conference team and continues to say it'll be an honor to be on the team in any capacity. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose certainly is worthy of the honor.

"So far, he's having that type of season," Thibodeau said. "There's not much control he has on that other than continuing to play the way he's playing and then the fans make that decision. He's playing at a very high level and I think he's earned it."

Rose isn't campaigning, but the Bulls and Adidas have teamed up for a get-out-the-vote campaign during Saturday night's game with the Miami Heat at the United Center. Before the game, a placard promoting Rose will be placed on every seat.

"That's great knowing that you have an organization behind you, pushing for you to start," Rose said. "I told you I wasn't gonna do anything. It's really up to the fans and I'm thankful that I have that many votes."

Rose, though, was mostly focused on tonight's game with the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse because the Bulls were looking to bounce back from Wednesday's 96-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

"Our [problem] at the beginning of the games has been our energy, coming out with low energy," Rose said. "I think tonight will be different. Guys got some rest, we looked at film and everybody was disgusted with ourselves knowing that we could have done better.

"But I think tonight will be a totally different game than what you saw last game."

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