Carlos Boozer hopes for All-Star bid

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer believes he deserves to be an All-Star.

"I hope so," Boozer said before the Bulls played the Clippers on Wednesday night. "I know I missed some games with my broken hand. I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance, but if not, I'm not going to be disappointed. There's a lot of guys that feel that they're deserving of the All-Star Game. There's so many good players in the NBA. Guys that want to be there that won't be there, and if I am there I'll be extremely happy I'll tell you that."

Bulls guard Derrick Rose was voted in last week as an Eastern Conference starter for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.

Boozer, who signed with the Bulls over the summer as a free agent, missed the first month of the season because of a broken right hand. Since returning to the floor, he has averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, giving the Bulls the type of back-to-the-basket scorer they haven't had in years.

"I'd love to be able to represent the Bulls with [Derrick Rose] in that game," he said. "It would be a huge honor. It would be something I'd look forward to doing if I was able to. If not, I'll go home and see my kids in Miami."

Boozer, who was an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 with the Utah Jazz, would take a lot of pride in the fact that he was voted in by the coaches, if it were to happen when the selections are announced Thursday night.

"It's a huge honor because the coaches pick you," he said. "It's like the competition of the team that you're playing against. The team that you're playing against has so much respect for you that the coach picks you. It's a huge honor when opposing coaches select you to the All-Star Game."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.