Jeremy Lin Added to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge

Rising Stars Challenge

Ok, so the NBA decided to be smart and just like D’Antoni, ride Jeremy Lin like Secretariat. Jeremy Lin along with Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has been added to the NBA’s All-Star weekend Rising Stars Challenge formerly known as the Rookie-Sophomore game. Lin has also been selected to participate in the Shooting Stars Competition and will also assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Talk about shooting stars, we can expect a good dosage of Linsanity during All-Star weekend. I don’t expect anyone to complain about the addition but I haven’t seen a move like this in an NBA All-Star game since Magic Johnson was voted into the 1992 All-Star game and allowed to participate just 3 months after retiring due to contracting the HIV virus.

The Rising Stars Challenge roster were announced in February 8th, the same night Lin was decimating the Washington Wizards aka Day 3 of Linsanity. The NBA definitely wants to ride the Jeremy Lin storm and take advantage of one of the feel good sports stories in years, probably decades, probably ever. Plus, a guy who breaks the 36 year old NBA 6 game scoring record in games started definitely deserves some sort of All-Star recognition, to not include Lin would be an utter travesty although Knick fans would definitely rather have Lin resting on a sofa during the All-Star break, preferably Landry Fields sofa.

Unsurprisingly enough, Lin was selected 3rd overall in the Rising Stars Challenge draft by Team Shaq after Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving. Aside from Griffin, Team Shaq also selected Ricky Rubio and fellow Knick teammate Landry Fields. So expect to see some quality Blake Griffin highlights with Rubio and Lin running the backcourt. I predict Team Shaq winning by 30 but who really pays attention to the scores in these games. Here’s a video of the full Rising Stars Challenge draft process:

Interesting to note, 2010 NBA Draft #1 overall draft pick John Wall was selected 12th overall by Team Chuck. What a difference a year makes, it was just over a year ago when the NBA first got a taste of baby Linsanity in the 2010 NBA Summer League in a game against Wall while Lin suited up for the Mavericks Summer team. Lin won over the Thomas & Mack Center crowd in Las Vegas and had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a handful of jaw dropping plays. Check out the highlights if you haven’t seen them already.

Fast forward a season later and Lin is a constant Twitter trend and Wall, well, plays for the Wizards. I wasn’t expecting to watch the All-Star game festivities but with Lin now participating, I’ll definitely tune in, or tune Lin? Lin FTW.

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