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BOSTON — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose(Derrick Rose Jersey) acknowledged that he does not feel he is deserving of an All-Star selection this season.

Rose, a three-time All-Star pick, finished seventh in this year’s voting for Eastern Conference guards, but he didn’t express any anger or resentment toward fans for not being voted into the game.

“Nah,” Rose said after Friday’s shootaround. “Nah. Just the year I’ve missed too many games. That was about it. Missed too many games.”

Rose, a former league MVP, made his last All-Star appearance in 2012 before knee injuries started limiting his availability. He is averaging a career-low 15.4 points and 3.1 rebounds a game this season and struggled to find a rhythm early on after missing most of training camp because of a fractured left orbital.

“All-Star is great,” Rose said. “It’s a huge accomplishment, great accolade, great to have on your resume, but it don’t define the player I am or someone is just because of the All-Star Game.”

Rose did say that Jimmy Butler, who finished fourth in All-Star voting for Eastern Conference guards, deserves to make the All-Star team.

“I think he deserves to go, man, period,” Rose said. “He’s been ballin’. As far as us having one of the top teams in the East, he held us up so far, so I think that he deserves it, but it’s not my say.”

Butler, who missed Friday’s shootaround and is a game-time decision for Friday’s contest against the Boston Celtics because of flu-like symptoms, is averaging a career-high 22.4 points a game this year. He is expected to be named a reserve next week.

Rose isn’t sure exactly what he will be doing during the All-Star break but said he might work out with longtime personal trainer Rob McClanaghan and some of his close friends.

“I think that I know my game enough where I don’t need Rob always around,” Rose said. “So if he’s able to join me, that would be cool. But if not, I think me and my friends will be all right with just our kids in the gym just having fun, just like a family atmosphere.”

Rose played one of his best games of the season Wednesday, scoring 29 points in 30 minutes in a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors. He is getting frustrated at some questions regarding whether he can get his game back to the MVP level again.

“I don’t think about what people think or say,” Rose said. “It’s whatever they say, but the only thing I can do is just keep working on my game and focus on what I’ve been focusing on.”

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PHILADELPHIA — Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler(Jimmy Butler Jersey) will play in Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, but point guard Derrick Rose will sit out because of left knee patellar tendinitis.

“I feel good,” Rose said before the game. “I feel good, just trying to be smart about the situation. [I] could go tonight, but thinking about the back to back and who we play [Friday]. Give it a chance tomorrow, for sure I’ll be playing tomorrow, but tonight I felt like I didn’t have that burst that I needed to play with.

Butler did not go through Thursday’s shootaround because of a right-ankle sprain. Rose did take part in the shootaround but decided against playing. Rose said he is confident he will be ready for Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

“Every day, every day [the knee's] getting a lot better,” Rose said. “So the smart thing about if I was to go out and try to play tonight, depending on the game, like why go out there and tweak something when I could play tomorrow, then be able to play next week when the big games are there. So [I'm] just trying to be smart about it.”

Pau Gasol, who is dealing with a strained right shoulder and sore Achilles tendons, did not travel with the Bulls to Philadelphia. Hoiberg said he is hopeful he will be able to play on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Joakim Noah, who continues to deal with some soreness in his left shoulder after missing almost a month because of a slight tear in the joint, will start in Gasol’s place on Thursday night.

“My mindset doesn’t change,” Noah said. “I just want to go out there. We’ve lost a couple in a row now. Just trying to get back on the winning page.”

Doug McDermott, who has a right-ankle sprain, went through shootaround and will play.

Rose participated in warm-ups before the game to see how he was feeling. He said he did not have to get an MRI on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game late in the fourth quarter in a loss to Milwaukee. He acknowledged that he still has a little pain and soreness in his knee but only when he pushes off.

Thursday’s game marks the sixth that Rose has missed this season. He missed three consecutive games two weeks ago because of a sore right knee and a sore right hamstring. Rose explained his mindset regarding all the injuries after Thursday’s shootaround and said he knew he would have to deal with lingering aches and pains coming into the year.

“Of course. That’s all part of the process,” Rose said. “Coming into the season I was just trying to play as many games as possible. Next year, that’s when I throw in my individual goals and all that, but it’s all about just getting a solid season under my belt, playing hard in the playoffs whenever we get there, but along the way just being smart and really taking care of my body and pushing my teammates to be better.”

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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant(Dez Bryant Jersey) underwent surgery on his right foot and ankle Wednesday morning in New York, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The team expects him to make a full recovery and be ready for Dallas’ offseason program in April.

Bryant, 27, was limited to nine games this season after breaking his right foot in the season opener against the New York Giants. He had surgery to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal the next day; in addition to having a screw implanted in his foot, Bryant had a bone graft to help strengthen the area. In October, he had a stem-cell injection into the foot to help it heal.

Bryant missed five games and returned Nov. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks but was shut down on Dec. 30 with one game to play. In nine games, Bryant caught 31 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns.

Wednesday’s surgery, which was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery, involved an additional bone-grafting procedure in the area where the initial graft was performed in September. Bryant also had loose bone chips removed from the front of his ankle that were causing pain and swelling.