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Reminder: Jeremy Lin likely to be voted in as an All-Star starter

Nov 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

This is not exactly breaking news, because (A) it hasn’t actually happened yet, and (B) it’s been widely speculated about since last season.

But it is worth reminding you about nonetheless.

When the NBA’s All-Star festivities descend on Houston in February, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is more than likely to appear in the mid-season exhibition, and do so as a member of the Western Conference team’s starting lineup.

It won’t be because of his averages of 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on the season, nor will it have anything to do with his below average shooting of just under 35 percent. It will be because the starters are determined by votes from the fans, where Lin should have a decided edge over those more deserving.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports brought up this fact after Lin and the Rockets took down his former Knicks team on Friday:

The pressure will get stronger when Lin returns to New York on Dec. 17. But where it could be the biggest headache is during All-Star weekend in Houston, where he will likely get voted in as a starting guard over Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Steve Nash thanks to heavy support from Chinese voters. There is no way the host Rockets and the always globally conscious NBA would let him turn the roster spot down.

There’s little concern over Nash being voted in due to his prolonged absence from the Lakers lineup due to injury, but Paul or Westbrook would have been a lock to play alongside Kobe Bryant in the West’s starting backcourt.

If Lin does in fact end up getting voted in as an undeserving All-Star starter, it won’t be the first time it’s happened, and it won’t be the last. The league has maintained that the fans can vote in whomever they choose, as the exhibition is ultimately for them to enjoy, and not to be taken seriously as a legitimate measurement of a player’s production level or value.

This begs the question. Why haven’t we started a campaign to vote in Rasheed Wallace?

  1. jaxon36 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    if that likely happens, sucks to be Lin in that all star locker room knowing you’re the odd one out, be weird seeing him introduced in the lineup as starting point guard.. lmao..

  2. rj2323 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    This is so stupid if he gets voted in over cp3 as the starter it would be total bs

    • rfox2012 - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      His numbers are not bad, plus you vote who you like to watch. Only reason Chris Paul’s assists are high is because he has Andre Jordan & Blake….if Lin had them as teammates, his assist will go out of the roof!

      Lin is exciting and a smart player! Watch his numbers in assist go up, plus he has more steals and rebounds than CP3

  3. fballlvr22 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I’m still voting Shaq…

  4. readysethike - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    nash should not be an allstar this year he hasnt done anything to earn it. they should let coaches decide the starting line up

    • crackrocksandotterpopz - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Pay attention…he mentioned that.

  5. hartdaddy - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Let him get in, so REAL players can embarrass him beyond comprehension. It’s gonna Iso on Lin all night, he will get flat out embarrassed.

  6. BigBeachBall - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    nash has been to the game 8 times in his career… probably doesn’t care

    • carywashington25 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      oh, athletes have egos especially the old ones that have been around for awhile.

  7. scoregasmic - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I’m not voting for him

    • money2long - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      for every one person in america who says what you just said, there will be 10 people in Asia who will do the complete opposite.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    This is why the fans shouldn’t decide the starters. A more deserving player will be left out because Lin will be voted in. At least Yao was a legit all star.

    • carywashington25 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      goo fans, goo Lin! Ha!

  9. 1grizzfan4life - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    That is ridiculous! If not CP3, then Mike Conley more than desrves that spot.

  10. cordae - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    One big….Duh..

    You guys remember the year Yao was injured and STILL had the most All-Star votes? Say what you want about chinese people, but they stick together. Overseas or not…

    • mytthor - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      That happened with Penny Hardaway back in the day, also.

      • limonadamas - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        And a chronically-injured TMac, and a chronically-injured Grant Hill, and an over-the-hill Iverson….

        All Star voting has always been a joke. Should’ve canned it a long time ago. What’s the point, exactly?

      • carywashington25 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:02 AM


  11. westof1club - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    At least the NBA has no reservations about recognizing its status as entertainment, and not really a sport.

    League is a joke.

  12. fanz928 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Yao was better than Dwight at that time dude he returned from injury and dominated magics if he had stayed healthy he would have had an hof career

  13. sportsnut101 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    The all star game is in feb and voting ends in jan and its not even dec yet relax gees

    Yes Chris Paul is better then him but it’s not like he’s super all star number either so relax again

    West all star lineup

    Westbrook(Lin with china help)

  14. jedifriedchicken - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Look, I agree that it would be awesome to have an all-star game with the best players, paying to the best of their ability, but we all know that’s never going to happen. The athletes don’t take the game seriously. Neither does the league. Remember when they pressured Kobe to play injured?

    So what could be the next best thing allowing the game to retain any sort of meaning? Allowing the fans to chose who they want to see play in the game. It’s not about who the best players are, it’s about who the majority of the fans want to see play the game. It’s only the starting five anyways. Any star players overlooked will be picked up by the coaches when they fill their bench roles.

  15. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Alright guys, heres the plan…lets rally millions of votes for the likes of Adam Morrison and Brian Scalabrine. We’ll just make a mockery of the “Allstar” game until it is no longer represented by all star players. Readddyyyyyy…break.

  16. alexb64 - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    This is what happens when the term “All-Star” becomes associated with measuring performance. It isn’t the All-NBA Game, it’s the All-Star Game, as in ALL…STARS. The concept was always supposed to be about taking the game’s “stars” & making a game full of the most players that fans want to see. So if a guy like Chris Paul is not included in the game that’s one thing, & something that could/should be addressed by allowing a deeper bench. To complain about a guy starting a game, which is ultimately meaningless is just a waste of energy. This is also part of what goes with marketing the game globally, David Stern & company can’t say “Hey, please buy our jerseys, hats, games, posters & sign up for our streaming services but could you all PLEASE cool it with the All-Star voting?!”.

    Being voted an All-Star shouldn’t be considered a determination of how good a player you are, it is purely a popularity contest with the hope that it will turn into an entertaining game.

  17. ninthwardfriend - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Can’t see it. He is not all star material. That’s why I like college b ball.

  18. blue18hutthutt - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Alot of my American Asian friends told me they’re cringing at the thought and that they would be embarassed

  19. blue18hutthutt - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Simple solution: restrict the voting to a narrower pool of eligible players to be voted in to prevent popularity contests

  20. dinklespiel - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Pro basketball “all-star” game is a joke anyway just like the officiating during the season. If you got “the star power” you get the foul, if not, forget about it.

  21. misterdreamer119 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Yao ming is getting in too.

  22. tcclark - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    The problem with this is that the game actually DOES matter. maybe not in the present, but in the future for each one of these players. All-Star game appearances are a big plus on your hall of fame resume. It’s the reason why Vince Carter gets HOF consideration. That dunk contest put his popularity through the roof and he was voted as an All-Star 8 times which is twice the amount of times Reggie Miller made the team.

    These roster spots matter and I hate to see undeserving players make the team over those who deserve it. Paul and Westbrook are practically automatic, however with Lin making this team a guy like Damian Lilliard, Goran Dragic, or Tony Parker won’t make it. It’s a point guard driven league and these guys are fighting for spots. This should not be left to the fans. Guys like Jrue Holliday, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, and Raymond Felton are all having great seasons, but will most likely be left off the East roster for “stars” like Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, and Kyrie Irving (even with the injury).

    • ron05342 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      You make very good points, but I can’t ever see Vince Carter being a Hall-of-Famer.

      • tcclark - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        if it were up to a fan vote he would.

        Still. how many times during all of the Hall of Fame arguments does someone say something like “he only went to 4 all-star games…” or “he was a 6-time All-star…” People will look at the sheer number of appearances for Carter compared to other HOFers and vote for him. Every Hall of Fame eligible player player with at least 8 all-star appearances is currently in the Hall of Fame with the exception of Larry Foust who also went to 8. These things matter

  23. chrisausten1203 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    So what? All star game is about popular players anyway. If there are a lot of people want to see Lin play in that game, just let it be. Though I love the kid, I don’t think he will be voted in simply because he is Chinese/Taiwanese American. Remember, another Chinese player (Yi?) never got voted in. It is ridiculous that a journalist write about the all star game with such a “warning tone” that JLin might be voted in while he knows very well that there have been and will be players got voted in simply out of popularity. I mean, why are people so bothered by Lin’s popularity?

  24. jnoah13 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Seems slightly racist. You’re assuming the Chinese are too stupid to realize that J-Lin isn’t an all-star. Yao Ming was still an all-star caliber player injured or not.

  25. omniusprime - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    This is what happens when we outsource our NBA All Star picks to China.

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