DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Despite the fact that he is now dealing with two stomach ulcers, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is still looking forward to finding out whether he was voted into the All-Star Game as a starter later tonight when the lineups are revealed.
But it's not the type of excitement level that you might expect from a 22-year-old.
"Things like that really don't get to me," Rose said after Thursday's practice. "That's not the type of thing that's going to excite me or anything. I'll be happy for myself, but it's nothing like I'm going to have a party, or have a whole bunch of people over and celebrate. I don't know why, but it's just the way I am."
Rose admitted that if the decision is left up to him he may not even watch the telecast.
"If it were up to me, I'd be somewhere probably laying down, watching TV, watching some sitcom or something like that," Rose said. "My mom is over at my house so I'll probably be watching something with her, but if anything she'll be more happy than I am."
Despite the lack of outward exuberance, Rose understands that becoming an All-Star starter is the next step in his progression. He was the one who asked aloud on the Bulls' media day in September "Why can't I be MVP?" He knows that the big superstars in the NBA are usually starters every season.
"I think it was one of the goals to be a starter," Rose said. "But I think just having a winning record and getting MVP, I think that would mean definitely a lot. Of course a championship would be on the top of the list, but being a starter, it's kind of almost like being in the game."
If Rose does indeed get named as one of the starters it would be the first time a Bulls player was voted into the game by the fans since Michael Jordan did it in 1998. Rose understands how big of an accomplishment that is, but he isn't concerning himself about it right now.
"I haven't really thought about that," he said. "My whole thing was just to be on the All-Star team. It wasn't about being a starter or anything like that. For me to be the first one, if I was to make it to become a starter, it would be great, but I didn't think about Michael Jordan or anything like that."
Rose's teammates and coaches are hoping he will be rewarded for the first half of the season he's had.
"I think it's recognition for the job he's done this year," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said . "All-Star Games, those are great, and he's certainly earned it, but I'm concerned with what he's done for our team. And he's done a lot for the team. He's lifted this team up. We still have a long way to go the second half of the season, so the test continues after the midpoint. But I'm happy for him."