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Jeremy Lin says what most of us knew: He shouldn’t be an All-Star

Jan 17, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin AP

Jeremy Lin is starting to play pretty well in Houston, there are more and more games where you can see how he will fit in with James Harden and what they are doing.

He is not deserving to be an All-Star.

When the All-Star starters are announced later Thursday night, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul will be announced as the starting backcourt for the Western Conference. If there is an upset, it’s because the fans will have voted Lin in over Paul (he was more than 45,000 votes back with a week to go, so not likely). Lin was already ahead of guys like Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Tony Parker in the fan voting.

Lin said he doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star and isn’t really even thinking about it, reports Jeff Caplan at

“Uh, no,” he said softly after another choppy performance Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets lost for a fifth consecutive time…

“That’s the furthest thing from my mind, to be honest, being on a five-game losing streak,” Lin said after finishing with 19 points and four assists, numbers that blurred a five-point night on 2-for-9 shooting through three quarters. “I don’t even care right now, I’m just trying to get a win.”

Knowing the league and it’s marketing, Lin will be in some of the events All-Star weekend. He’s a big enough international star that he is not escaping the league’s showcase weekend.

But a starter in the big game? No. Not this year. He gets it, just some fans don’t.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Yet Bosh Spice & his 3 rebounds a game deserve to start according to Kurt.

    • pglive21 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Not sure if he deserves it but he’s an infinitely more preferable of a choice than Garnett. Really it should be Noah or Chandler.

      • dko83 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        b/c Bosh has the same defensive impact as KG… No, no he doesn’t.

      • pglive21 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Yea and KG isn’t dragging down one of the worst offenses in the league? His defensive impact has been overstated this season and Bosh’s frankly has been understated. Bosh isn’t a great rebounder but he does a solid job on all types of big men in the low and high post.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    When are people(writers, Charles Barkley, etc) going to get it through their thick skulls that the All-Star starters are NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE NBA. They aren’t supposed to be the guys playing the best in the NBA. They aren’t supposed to be the most funcamentally sound…the ones with the most championships…the ones coaches think are the best…the ones leading the league in the statistical categories.


    I don’t care if the guy hasn’t played a game all season, if he gets voted in he plays if he can because it’s for the fans!!! The “guy you think deserves it” can get added to the roster by the players and coaches.


    • reupjosh - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Totally agree. The issue I have is when people measure greatness by stating how many times the player has been an All-Star.

      IE: “He should be in the HOF, because he’s an 11 time All-Star.”
      So in that context, if J. Lin gets voted an 11 time All-Star, does that mean he’s a great player when all is said and done?

      PS. If Bosh gets in over Noah or Lopez, its all a farce.

      • dacapt704 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Thats the larger point…most real fans (not casual ‘watch on tv fans) understand that its a popularity contest, etc BUT..

        Its the fact that All Star appearances are used in contract negotiations and HOF debates so…it does carry some weight overall. Guys like Bernard King have arguments against them bc of All Star appearances, etc…

        So while the true hoops head knows its gabbage (spelled correctly GABBAGE), its still a bogus way to select the guys who play. Fans will watch regardless bc its the best in the world playing..ppl aren’t going to tune out bc Lin or some average but overhyped played doesnt make it.

        I still get burned up about Rod Strickland averaging 12 assists a game and not making it one year!

    • aqzi - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Look at Magic Johnson in the 1992 game. Magic retired in 1991, but the fans wanted him to play one last game so he did.

      …But obviously this situation is different because Magic was one of the best players of all time, whereas Lin would start in the all-star game because of his cultural heritage.

  3. timcast12 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    No one wants to see Lin play

    • beavertonsteve - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      According to Google 1,344,130,000 people do.

  4. peopletrains - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Fans should choose the all-stars, players should choose the starting five.

  5. aboogy123456 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    stop picking on Lin, the all-star game is nothing more than a popularity contest, and the fans want to see him play!

  6. somekat - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    It’s not “some fans” that dont’ realize he shouldn’t be an all-star, tellt he truth. It is asian people. The same reason Yao Ming was a starter all those years he didn’t even suit up. They voted for him because he is of asian decent, and no other reason

    Just another example how racism is alive an well in the world today, it’s just not called it unless it’s white people doing so

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      ….Yeah man, Yao Ming wasn’t even any good!

      Fun fact – there are several players of Chinese descent who have played in the NBA. Only 1 (Yao Ming) has been named an All-Star, and he happened to be a very good player when healthy.

      Yi Jianlian was a star in China before coming to the U.S., but he played poorly in the NBA, and never was voted an All-Star….because he wasn’t very good.

    • deeballer - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      So, we all know that Black people only vote for Obama because he’s 1/2 black.

    • abchome - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Yao was a pretty good player, good enough to make Chuck kissing a doney ass on TV.

  7. rushledger - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Come on guys liiiinsanity!!! Yeah that along with Tim Tebow are the most overhyped over talked about thing in sports the last two years they don’t deserve 1/10 the recognition they’ve got.

  8. jimsjam33 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I agree !!! Let the fans decide . In that case I vote for all the Clippers to start the game . Sounds good to me .

  9. redbearwoodall - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Say what you will about Lin as a player, (and yes, I know, he’s having a tough year so far and is still developing his game) but he’s a classy guy and a team player always concerned about winning. I’m glad Houston got Harden so Lin doesn’t have to carry all the pressure and has more time to develop into a legitimate starter.

  10. furiouslytim - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    “Some fans” felt sorta racist?

  11. valeb2012 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Let the 4th quarter decide home court advantage of the finals.

  12. chrisausten1203 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Fans do get it. It’s you, Mr. Helin, that don’t get it. If you don’t like the rule, talk to the NBA, no the fans. For those who think that only Asians or Asian Americans vote for JLin, let me remind you that there are many non-Asian fans for JLin too. I find it amazing and annoying that all these so called journalists keep trying to show how undeserving JLin is if he got voted in. If you want to talk about undeserving players for the all star game, any fan can give you a long list of the names based on whatever reasons. So stop lecturing and insulting JLIn’s fans.

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