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League scrambling to fit Jeremy Lin into All-Star Weekend

Feb 16, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

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The NBA had named the All-Star team, had named the players for the Rising Stars Challenge (what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game) and had basically everything in place for All-Star Weekend Feb. 24-26 in Orlando.

Then Jeremy Lin and Linsanity came along.

Now the league is scrambling to fit their hottest star into their biggest weekend. But they seem to be ignoring the obvious and best way.

For sure, Lin will be lobbing balls to fellow Knick Iman Shumpert as part of the Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

Also that night is the tedious “Shooting Stars” competition where three people (a current player, former player and WNBA player) from one city compete against trios from other cities in a shooting contest. The Daily News says it looks like Lin will be part of that.

According to a source, the NBA is hoping to add Lin to its All-Star lineup by having him participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night. The competition features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one TNT on-air talent and legend on each team.

Let’s be clear, Lin has not earned his way into the All-Star Game itself yet, not in seven games. And while he surprised everyone with a dunk against the Wizards, the Dunk Contest is not his forte. He’s knocked down some but he’s no three point specialist, either. The Shooting Stars thing is nice. Not thrilling, but nice.

What the league should do is bend the rules and add him (and another player) to the Friday night Rising Stars game. The format of this has been changed this year, with a pool of players — already selected — being chosen playground style by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. Lin is certainly the likely replacement if one player from this game is injured and can’t go, but what really should happen is Lin and another player get added to the pool so he is definitely in.

Why not? Is the league afraid of messing with the integrity of the rookie/sophomore game? Really?

At this point for the league, the more Lin the better. Let the man play.

  1. jedifriedchicken - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Yeah! I enjoy these Soph/Frosh games, & the playground pick system sounds fun, but the NBA itself will be missing out on an opportunity if the play this game without Lin.

  2. drewzducks - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    No substitutions please !

  3. jackrabbit56 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Add Lin to the Soph team, and another rookie to the Freshman tea, Maybe Jimmer Fredette – I know he hasn’t really done much so far in his NBA career, but maybe the NBA could cash in on some left over Jimmermania.

  4. Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Add Jeremy Lin and Nikola Pekovic. Both deserve it. Pekovic has started the last 9 games at center for the wolves and has averaged 17.1 points, 9.8 rebounds. 6 of those 9 games were double doubles.

    • Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      The thumbs down is from DeMarcus Cousins who got owned by Pekovic

  5. bbk1000 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    I keep hearing the kid can’t go left yet I see the picture in this article……

    • ljl2 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      he’s using his left hand…but going right…

  6. ljl2 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I don’t get this. Yes, he’s played above the skill level he was projected at. BUT, it has only been almost 2 weeks. What, 7 games? That hardly makes someone deserving of changing the rules for anything, let alone for something at All-Star Weekend. If you want to include him, the Shooting Stars competition is spot on, but don’t force him into a game.

    • hommie12 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Hey Mayweather stay outta this.

      • ljl2 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Because I think that two weeks doesn’t make an all-star? Good player, but two weeks of sensationalism shouldn’t dictate who does all star events. Has nothing to do with race, so your Mayweather comment doesn’t apply.

  7. dougmanoh - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    “Let them play! Let them play! Let them play!” – Houston Astrodome crowd from the Bad News Bears.

  8. scoregasmic - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    The only thing I don’t like about Lin, is that he gives espn more opportunities to talk about tebow

  9. cadan24 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Add to Jeremy Lin to the Sophmore team and Klay Thompson to the Rookie team

  10. glink123 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    If Lin is smart, he’ll decline any and all invitation from the league to attend any All-Star events. After witnessing the backlash against Tebow from his peers, because of all the perceived unearned hype, I hope Lin is smart enough to learn from the Tebow situation. Let the media saturate the market with over-the-top hype, but don’t add to it. He’ll be shunned like the plague from his peers if they view him as preening for more media attention. Just let the dude play the dang sport and let things pan out. It’s getting beyond ridiculous.

    • rtlguru - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      While I agree with you in theory, lets be honest here. This is the fresh/soph game! When was the last time anyone has been excited about watching one of these games? When was the last time a player added that to his resume of accomplishments? There will be no complaining or bellyaching from anyone because he clearly belongs in the game.

      At the end of the day, this event is an entertainment event for the fans. And fans want to see Lin. It would be silly of him to say no.

  11. isujames - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    It would be good for the NBA, but he really does not deserve to be taking place in any all star game festivities.

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