Before this season started, the Bulls' Derrick Rose asked why he couldn't be considered as a possible league MVP.â†µâ†µ
He's certainly played that way with about a third of the season gone -- ranking eighth in the NBA in both scoring and assists.â†µâ†µ
Today, the league released their second round of returns in All-Star voting. Rose trails the Celtics' Rajon Rondo for the second spot among Eastern Conference guards by a relatively small number of votes -- 777,310 to 721,122. Dwyane Wade will undoubtedly win the first slot -- he's got 938,402 votes.â†µâ†µ
So get going and vote for D-Rose; he's almost assured of being selected as a reserve if he doesn't get elected, but it would be nice if he could be a starter. Other Bulls won't make it -- Joakim Noah is third among centers, but he's injured and can't play, and Carlos Boozer ranks seventh among forwards.â†µâ†µ
You've still got time to vote, by several different means. Paper balloting goes through Jan. 17; online voting at NBA.com concludes on Jan. 23. Jan. 23 is also the deadline for wireless balloting; you can vote on your mobile phone by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.nba.com on any wireless carrier.