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Derrick Rose humbled by All-Star voting: ‘It’s touching man’

Derrick Rose is enjoying a comeback season few saw coming, and the fact that fans are showing their appreciation by way of All-Star voting has left him extremely humbled.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star is a surprise second in All-Star fan voting for guards in the Western Conference despite mostly coming off the bench for Minnesota.

On Friday, an emotional Rose reacted to how fans are showing their support via the All-Star vote.

“It’s touching man. Very touching. It just shows you that love trumps hate any day all day,” Rose said, as transcribed by NBA.com. “To be in this position, something I couldn’t ask for,” he said. “I got here from being myself and expressing how I feel and being honest. If anything, the reason why I’m going right now is for the people that feel left out and misunderstood. The outcasts, the rebels, that’s the reason why I’m going now. I think people can relate to it.”

To say Rose’s remarkable season — which included a career-high 50-point game — is a stunning turnaround to a career many believed was near its end after years marred by a litany of injuries and lack of productivity would be an understatement.

Rose, 30, is averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in about 30 minutes of action per night.

While the former MVP joked that an All-Star nod obviously would be most welcome as he could share the moment with his children, it would interfere with his vacation plans.

Rose added he’s “in a different place mentally” now after the “dark time” that marked the end of his time with the Chicago Bulls. Playing in the All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Charlotte certainly would be a fitting way to complete a resurrection of Rose as a basketball player and his return to the light.