Horning in: Four Bulls named to All-Star ballot

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Horning in: Four Bulls named to All-Star ballot

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
4:30 PM

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

Four Chicago Bulls were selected to the ballot for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer represent the team in a pool of 60 Eastern Conference players (24 guards, 24 forwards and 12 centers) who have the chance to be voted in by fans as starters for the league's annual midseason affair, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 20. Voting started Thursday and ends Jan. 23, with starters set to be announced Jan. 27.

Rose was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve last season and as the league's fourth-leading scorer at 25.5 points per game (tops in the conference, for which he is the reigning Player of the Week), he stands a strong chance of being a starter, based on his performance and blossoming national profile.

Noah, the league's second-leading rebounder, also has a good shot at making the game, although likely as a reserve selected by the league's coaches, as Orlando center Dwight Howard has been a virtual shoo-in as the starter at the position over the past few seasons.

The underrated Deng is a longshot, but currently averaging a career high in scoring, the legitimacy of his candidacy will probably be tied to the Bulls' first-half season success.

Boozer hasn't suited up for Chicago yet and thus, faces almost impossible odds, although he was a Western Conference All-Star twice during his time in Utah.

Regardless of which -- or any -- Bulls participate in the All-Star Game, having multiple players justifiable of consideration (based on their play andor status) is continued evidence of the team's resurgence that truly began with Rose's initial appearance last season, the first time a Chicago player was selected since Michael Jordan in 1998.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Report: Rajon Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5

Report: Rajon Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5

Rajon Rondo is preparing to play in Wednesday's huge Game 5, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. 

The point guard has missed the last two games after suffering a fractured right thumb in the second half of Game 2.

In his absence, the Bulls have struggled to find any consistency at the point and lost consecutive home games by a combined 26 points. Jerian Grant started Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, but he had a short leash. And after Michael Carter-Williams also struggled, Fred Hoiberg ultimately turned to reserve guard Isaiah Canaan. 

[RELATED: Will the Bulls be able to turn to Rajon Rondo soon?]

Rondo's return to the floor could have huge implications in the series. In the two games Rondo has played, he's averaged 11.5 points and 10 assists. The Bulls won both of those contests while the Celtics struggled to defend. 

Follow CSNChicago.com for updates on this development. 

 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Rajon Rondo return to the Bulls lineup?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Rajon Rondo return to the Bulls lineup?

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score), Chris Hine (Chicago Tribune) and Jordan Bernfield join Kap on the panel.

Rajon Rondo did not have a cast on at practice Tuesday. Could he return in this series?

With the NFL Draft only 48 hours away, what are the chances the Bears move down in the first round?

Plus, the Blackhawks make more organizational changes and Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock drops by to discuss Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s retirement and what’s next for NASCAR.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

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