CHICAGO – It was not exactly a finished deal, but it was pretty certain that a first-year Bulls member would find himself on the field in Cleveland on February 20th.
DeMar DeRozan led Eastern Conference backcourt All-Star Game fans’ polls over the past month with a significant lead over other players. Thursday was the night the starters would be announced and it was expected that the Bulls’ guard would be one of them.
That was actually the case when DeRozan was named a starter for the game as he makes his fifth All-Star appearance in his 13-year career. He will be the first Bulls player to start in the competition since Jimmy Butler in 2017.
But how he got the news was a bit unique: On a plane from his teammate Zach LaVine, who narrowly missed being voted into the game, video that the Bulls have posted on their Twitter account.
Larry Hawley highlighted that moment in this week’s “Random Hawlight” on WGN News Now, as you can see in the video above.
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