Thursday , Jan , 29 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Derrick Rose to Compete in Skills Challenge

On the day he learned he would play in the Rookie Challenge and that his jersey ranks as the ninth-highest seller in the league, Derrick Rose also confirmed he would participate in the skills challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend.

"I’ve put a lot of thought into it and I’m going to do it," Rose said after the Bulls’ shootaround at a local health club. "This could be a once-in-a-lifetime thing."


"I never thought I’d be playing in it because I thought I’d have a learning year," Rose said, laying the humility on thick. "You think about the [regular-season] games and the job you have, not All-Star activities. But for me to be in it, I can’t wait.,0,1146569.story