Tom Thibodeau is coaching a game in which defense is optional. Derrick Rose is starting a game in which winning isn't essential. Luol Deng is playing a game in which upward of 40 minutes isn't required.

What in the name of Benny the Bull is going on at All-Star weekend?

"I really don't know man," Rose said, laughing. "I've never seen Thibs in this environment, so I don't know how he's going to be acting, if he's going to have his regular nerve problems where he shakes his hand a lot."

Benny the Bull is here, too, by the way. At least his antics fit in this extravaganza that is more showtime than serious. There is little dispute Rose, Deng and Thibodeau deserve to be here, but do they fit?