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Bulls’ Derrick Rose easily makes NBA All-Star first team

Hours after it was announced he was an easy pick for NBA All-Star first team Derrick Rose basks Bulls’ Game

Hours after it was announced he was an easy pick for the NBA All-Star first team, Derrick Rose basks in the Bulls’ Game 6 victory over the Hawks on Thursday night in Atlanta. | Kevin C. Cox~Getty Images

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Updated: June 14, 2011 12:35AM



ATLANTA — It would be bigger news if he hadn’t made it, but Derrick Rose is a first-team All-NBA player, as well as the league’s MVP. And it was still a sweet feeling for Rose when the All-NBA team — decided by 119 sportswriters and broadcasters — was unveiled Thursday.

‘‘It’s an honor to be among all those great guys,’’ Rose said. ‘‘I’ll never take it for granted.’’

Rose, who’s making his first appearance on the All-NBA first team, is joined by the Miami Heat’s LeBron James, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. James was the only unanimous first-teamer.

‘‘We’re thrilled for him,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s certainly earned it. He’s had a terrific season. You couldn’t ask for anything more from a player.’’

Only one voter among the 119 who had ballots didn’t make Rose a first-team selection. Howard also had 118 first-team votes.

Rose said he bears no grudge toward the holdout voter.

‘‘Not at all,’’ he said with a smile. ‘‘I’m just happy to be on there.’’

The second team: Pau Gasol (Lakers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Dwyane Wade (Heat) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder).

The third team: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs) and Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets).

Hit or miss

This was a feast-or-famine series for guard Kyle Korver. In Games 1 and 3, he was 7-for-13. In Games 2, 4 and 5, he was 2-for-17 — and he didn’t even take a shot in Game 5 while playing only four minutes as Thibodeau emphasized defense.

‘‘It’s a make-or-miss league,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘We feel like he’s gotten his shots. They haven’t gone down for him. But they will.’’

Korver scored seven points on 3-for-7 shooting in just over 19 minutes Thursday in Game 6.

Still believes in Celts

As a former Boston Celtics assistant, Thibodeau watched with interest as the Heat finished off the Celtics in five games Wednesday.

‘‘It was a great game, hard-fought,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘It came down to a few plays at the end of the game. Boston showed a lot of resiliency and a lot of toughness.’’

But that’s not the way it has been seen in Boston, where there’s intense speculation about the future of the Celtics’ aging core and whether they can remain among the NBA’s elite.

‘‘They’ve got life,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Don’t worry about them.’’



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