Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
Posted 1:02 PM Updated 5:58 PM
By Aggrey Sam
Despite his claims that he'd be satisfied with just being on the team, period -- he's repeatedly joked that even he'd be a water boy or run the scorer's clock -- Derrick Rose is now in position to be voted in as one of the starting guards on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Rose now ranks second among East guards in All-Star voting, surpassing fellow point guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
In an effort to maintain the Bulls superstar's current placement, the Bulls and adidas -- for whom Rose is a pitchman -- will distribute Rose All-Star campaign placards to every fan at Saturday's highly-anticipated home game against the Miami Heat. Fans who sit courtside for the much-ballyhooed matchup will also receive red roses.
Chicago native Dwyane Wade currently ranks first of all East guards, while his Miami Heat teammate LeBron James paces the conference and league's forwards, followed by Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard leads all players at his position throughout the NBA.
Injured Bulls center Joakim Noah is third among East centers, while Bulls forwards Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng currently rank sixth and 10th, respectively.
In the Western Conference, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is the league's overall leading vote-getter. Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets is second among West guards, with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Denver's Carmelo Anthony presently first and second, respectively, among forwards. Injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is currently first among West centers, with Lakers center Andrew Bynum second.
Voting for the All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 20 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, concludes Jan. 23 (paper balloting at NBA arenas ends next Monday, but fans can continue to vote online and via text message), with starters for the annual game to be announced Jan. 27.
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