Rose, Gibson in Rookie Challenge
Derrick Rose will be in Dallas on All-Star Weekend. Whether he will be there as an All-Star will have to wait.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Rose and Taj Gibson will play in the Rookie Challenge on Feb. 12.
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Rose, the reigning rookie of the year, will play on the sophomore team, which goes against a rookie team that includes Gibson, the Bulls' first-year player out of Southern California.
Rose said it will be strange to play against Gibson.
"It's going to be crazy," Rose said. "I might foul him a couple times. Foul him hard or something. But I'm glad for him, that he got the opportunity to play in [that game]. Just getting exposed [to a national audience] like that. It's going to be fun the whole weekend."
Coaches will pick the reserves, giving Rose, who is averaging 23.3 points a game in January and 19.6 for the season, a good shot at becoming the Bulls' first All-Star since Michael Jordan retired following the 1997-98 season.
Joining Rose on the sophomore team are Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon, Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Kevin Love, New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez, New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, and a pair of teammates from the Memphis Grizzlies -- center Marc Gasol and guard O.J. Mayo.
Kings guard Tyreke Evans joins forward Omri Casspi, Evans' teammate in Sacramento, on the rookie team. In addition to Gibson, the team also includes Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn, Thunder guard James Harden, and San Antonio forward/center DeJuan Blair.
Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro was happy to see two of his players make the teams, but hopes Rose and Joakim Noah get the call Thursday to play in the All-Star Game.
"Hopefully, both of them make it, or one of them make it," Del Negro said. "They both deserve it, I think. But it's out of our control. We've done what we could. It's just a good sign that they're in that group [of people being considered]. That's exciting to see their development."
ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.
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