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Derrick Rose to take part in Skills Competition at All-Star Game in native Chicago

Former Bull and Chicago native Derrick Rose has accepted an invitation to participate in the Skills Competition when NBA All-Star Game festivities are held in his hometown in February, according to a report from Shama Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Rose, 31, was born and raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. He spent the first seven years of his NBA career playing for the Bulls after his hometown team took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Rose’s stint in Chi-Town included an MVP nod in 2011 but was also interrupted for an entire season when he sat out all of the 2012-13 campaign due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

Injuries of course stalled Rose’s otherwise outstanding career and marred his later stints with the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose, however, enjoyed a career renaissance during the 2018-19 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 14.2 points in 23.8 minutes per game in a campaign that included an inspiring, turn-back-the-clock 50-point performance in a win over the Jazz.

Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons this past offseason. While there has been some disagreement between Rose and Pistons head coach Dwane Casey over his minutes, the veteran is averaging 17.3 points, 5.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 31 games this season.

There is no doubt that Rose will relish the chance to play on one of the NBA’s biggest stages in his hometown the night before the All-Star Game is held on Feb. 6 at United Center.