By: Anna Anguiano, Staff Reporter
This is the All-Star game Chicagoans have been waiting for since 1998. In 1998, Michael Jordan was a starter for the Eastern Conference team and now after 13 years of not having a Bulls player star, Derrick Rose will take the starting point guard position. On Feb. 20, Rose will play along with starters: Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwayne Wade for the East Conference team of the All-Star game.
“I expected him to be in the All-Star game because The Bulls have been doing great, and a lot of their accomplishments have been because of Derrick Rose,” said student Andy Zero.
NBA fans were in charge of voting for their favorite players to start in the upcoming game. By voting Rose into this position, fans are well aware that Rose has helped place and maintain the Bulls in third place in their conference trailing behind the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. It also means that he has a higher chance of getting the MVP award that he has expressed much desire for. Yes, it is a good time to be a Bulls fans.
“It’s a good thing for the city of Chicago to have a player be named a starter at the All-Star game,” said Yesenia Barragan “It shows we have an elite player in the league.”
Yet, it is not all good news for Bulls fans and the All-Star game. On Feb 3, the All-Star reserve players were announced without any Bulls players on the roster. Instead, four Celtics players will join the East reserve’s team: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnettt. A good addition to the team but being a Bulls fan one can’t be too happy for them. The Celtics players are joined by two Hawks players Al Horford and Joe Johnson and one Heat player, Chris Bosh as reserve.
Possible Bulls reserves included Carlos Boozer and Loul Deng but despite playing well for the Bulls and backup from Coach Tom Thibodeau, they didn’t receive a position. Both players were disappointed in not being able to represent their team and conference in the All-Star game.
Bulls fans will be watching as the Chicago native, Rose takes his average of 24.6 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 8.2 assists to a new court, The Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. They will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s Eastern Conference win in which Rose played as a reserved player.
But before any thoughts of a win, the East team has to get through the starting lineup of the West Conference that includes: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Yao Ming, who will be replaced due to an injury.