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Bulls Thu Jan 27 2011

Fans Vote Derrick Rose to Start NBA All-Star Game

derrick rose east.JPGWeird day for Derrick Rose. The Bulls' star point guard missed practice for a second straight day, visiting the hospital to find out what he thought was heartburn actually is two stomach ulcers caused, it appears, by spicy food.

We'll see if he plays Friday night against the Orlando Magic ... and his new teammate, Dwight Howard! Yes, fans, that's right. Nothing crazy happened in the final round of fan voting and Rose was announced Thursday evening as an Eastern Conference starter for the Feb. 20 NBA All-Star Game. He'll be the first Bulls starter since Michael Jordan in 1998.

Rose earned 1,914,996 fan votes, finishing a close second behind fellow Chicagoan Dwyane Wade of the Heat (2,048,175) among East guards and well ahead of third-place Rajon Rondo of the Celtics (1,587,297).

LeBron James and Amare Stoudemire will join Rose, Wade and Howard in the East starting lineup, while Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol and the injured Yao Ming were voted in for the Western Conference.

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