Derrick Rose on being named an all-star:
feeling really loved right now and I appreciate all the support that
helped me earn a starting position in the All-Star game. I want to thank all the fans that voted, especially the people from my hometown of Chicago. I
also want to give thanks to the Bulls organization that did a great job
promoting me, and most of all I want to thank my teammates and coaches
for putting me in this position."
Derrick Rose ended up obliterating Rajon Rondo in the vote. Rondo may have read after the early returns, but Rose ended up winning by over 300,000 votes. He came just 120,000 shy of Dwyane Wade, the leading guard from the Eastern conference.
Rose was came in with the fifth highest vote total overall, trailing Kobe, LeBron, Wade, and Howard. Historically, the fans have occasionally had some crazy voting, but this year they definitely got it right in the East (Rose, Wade, LeBron, Amare, Dwight) though China managed to vote Yao Ming as a starter onto the team again in the West.
That said, while the vote doesn't mean much, it does show how much Rose's reputation has grown. With enhanced reputation, there's a subconscious desire to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to fouls.
We have seen Derrick's free throw attempts rise some over recent weeks, is his reputation part of that or has his game changed? Maybe a bit of both. Rose has started to force contact more, but he also seems to be getting a bit more benefit of the doubt on the close ones too.
Congratulations to Derrick, he obviously deserves it, and he gives Bulls fans some real incentive to watch the game.