Updated: January 30, 2010, 2:16 AM ET

Mashburn's All-Star Game Snubs

Rose Shocked By All-Star Selection

By Nick Friedell

NEW ORLEANS -- Derrick Rose couldn't believe the news.

He knew it might be coming. He knew his name might pop up on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. His teammates and coaches were convinced he would make the team. Even some of his opponents had spoken out on his behalf in recent days. After all, he had been playing better than anybody in basketball over the past two weeks, seemingly overpowering other guards whenever he got the chance.

Still, after all this talk, it really didn't sink in when he heard the news officially. When he heard that he had become the youngest All-Star in Bulls' franchise history. When he heard that he was the first Bulls player since Michael Jordan in 1998 to even make the team.

The 21-year-old guard just sat on his bed in his New Orleans hotel room and smiled.

His dream had become a reality.

I caught up with Rose just moments after the announcement was made, and it's safe to say that he will be savoring this feeling of accomplishment for a long, long time.

Nick Friedell: Describe the feeling of what it's like to be an All-Star.

Derrick Rose: I really can't describe it right now. It really hasn't hit me. Hopefully, when I get down to Dallas that's when it will really hit me, I know. I really didn't know [there] wasn't an All-Star for the Bulls since Mike [Jordan] in '98 or something like that, so just thinking about that it's amazing.

NF: You're a guy who grew up following Jordan. How cool is it that you are the first Bull since him to be in the game?

DR: It's cool. (Smiles) It's cool. After I'm long and gone with the Bulls [players] after me or whatever, people will say that I was an All-Star for the Chicago Bulls. I'm from Chicago. That's a big thing. Especially being from there. [My] family, relatives and friends are just excited about it, more than I am, I'd say. I've been getting texts all day, calls. People are calling from out of state that used to live in Chicago. Everybody's just happy for me and I hope I just keep playing well.

• Read the rest of Friedell's Q-and-A with Rose at ESPNChicago.com.


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