DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Derrick Rose was in the starting lineup when the Chicago Bulls took on the Orlando Magic on Friday night. He played despite being diagnosed with two stomach ulcers earlier in the week.
"It hurts, but I want to play in this game," Rose said before Friday's game.
The 22-year-old All-Star said he would take himself out of the game if he was ineffective. He participated in Friday's shootaround after missing practice the two days prior. Rose spent Wednesday in the hospital undergoing tests for what he thought was heartburn. The tests revealed two ulcers, and Rose said he'll have to keep track of what he eats.
He said the pain had interrupted his sleep, which sapped his energy. Rose said he's been drinking shakes and smoothies and is on medication. He believes he's lost about six pounds.
"It still hurts, but this is a game that I love, so I should be able to play," Rose said Friday afternoon. "I've been eating portions of things, but I haven't had a whole meal in three or four days.
"Still very sore, but it's something I've just got to fight through ... I'm just waiting for it to heal a little bit more so I can feel better."
Rose was named an All-Star starter Thursday night. He's averaging 24.6 points, 8.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.