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Derrick Rose addresses possibility of playing in All-Star Game in Chicago

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Detroit Pistons former MVP winner Derrick Rose is in the running for a potential All-Star spot. With averages of 17.8 points (on 49.0 percent shooting), 2.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, the 31-year-old veteran has established himself as one of the best backup point guards in the entire league today.

This has resulted in what could be the fourth All-Star appearance of Rose’s career. The last time he made the All-Star Game was in 2012 when he was a member of the Chicago Bulls.

The former first overall pick himself admitted that it would be an honor for him to play in the All-Star Game in his home city of Chicago. However, he also noted the Pistons’ losing matters to him more:

“It would be cool,” Derrick Rose said, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “But right now, we’re losing. That’s the only thing that’s been on my mind right now, trying to fix things here with the team. There has been a lot of long nights just trying to think and trying to put together a plan. I can only do so much. Just trying to control what I can control and be a leader for this team. Whatever this team needs, just try to be there.”

The Pistons are now 14-26 and are on the verge of a potential roster blowup, which could mean Derrick Rose going elsewhere.

Rose was then told that he currently ranks fourth in the All-Star voting tally for Eastern Conference guards, and the Chicago native voiced his heartfelt appreciation for all the love from his supporters around the globe:

“I didn’t see it. But I keep hearing about it,” Derrick Rose added. “Like I said, it’s kind of hard really thinking about it when we’re losing games, bro. But all the people that’s out there voting, I appreciate all the support — not only me but my family. We all appreciate it. It shows how loyal my fans are and people are praising me for my play.”

This season’s edition of the All-Star Game is set to take place on Feb. 17 in Chicago. Derrick Rose is already set to participate in the Skills Challenge, but playing in the All-Star Game itself would be an even more emotional moment.