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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Updated: February 14, 11:21 AM ET
Rose won't compete in Skills challenge

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

DALLAS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who suffered a bruised hip on Thursday, said he will play in Sunday night's All-Star Game.

Rose, however, will not defend his title in the Skills Competition on Saturday. Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, a good friend of Rose's, will take his place.

Rose suffered a bruised hip on Thursday after a hard foul from the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard.

"It's going to be 100 percent," the second-year point guard said when asked whether he would play in the All-Star Game. "No matter what. If it's 80 [percent healthy], I'm going to say I'm 120 [percent healthy]. So, I'm going to play in that game."

Rose said the bruise has healed quickly after diligent treatment.

"Every day I'm getting better," he said. "Every day. So, I know in a couple of days I'll be fine."

The only thing that might change Rose's decision is a post-practice checkup with a Bulls team physician. He doesn't expect there to be any problems, though.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.