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Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:58 pm
 


By Matt Moore 

The NBA annnounced Thursday night that it has added New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to the "Rising Stars" competition which took the place of the Rookies-Sophomores game this year during NBA All-Star Weekend. Due to overwhelming fan support, and the fact that more peope know about Lin than about half of the rest of the competitors, Lin was added to the pool. Later Thursday, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley selected their teams. Shaquille O'Neal selected Lin second, third overall during the process. 

Miami Heat rookie point guard Norris Cole, another notable omission, was also added to the player pool. 

It comes as no surprise as the NBA has tried every imaginable way to figure out how to include Lin this weekend. David Stern had said earlier Thursday that he would not allow Lin into the game as to not interfere with the current setup but popular sentiment won out.

Turns out even David Stern is powerless against Linsanity.

The draft for each team was held on NBATV with Blake Griffin going No. 1 to Shaq's team. Charles Barkley selected Kyrie Irving second overall. Shaq took Jeremy Lin in the third round. John Wall wasn't taken until the 11th pick. Here are how the two teams shake out:

Team Shaq: Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Markieff Morris, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, Norris Cole, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight and Tristan Thompson.

Team Chuck: Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Derrick Williams, MarShon Brooks, John Wall, Tiago Splittler, Evan Turner and Kawhi Leonard.
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:42 am
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

I SEE KEMBA WALKER ON THE ALL ROOKIE TEAM. I DON'T SEE JIMMER..    HA HA  KEMBA IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A BETTER PRO THEN JIMMER.    BEST COLLEGE PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY LAST YEAR WAS KEMBA WALKER.




Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:22 am
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

glad to see lin added to the rookie game. but how was norris cole left off this team to start with? if i read the article correctly stern added lin and norris cole. i would have thought cole would have been a no brainer.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:12 am
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

great story great guy but how does clay thompson not make this team ? He might be the best pure shooter to come out in years....way to go NBA   the warriors best 3pt shooting team in league and nobody invited ...i guess that's the punishment they get for cutting Jeremy Lin  lmao

You think he is so great and you don't even know his name. Might explain why he didn't make the team. It is Klay Thompson. And what does the 3-point shooting of the Warriors have to do with not being in the Rising Stars game? Rising Stars =/= 3-point contest.



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:31 am
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

great story great guy but how does clay thompson not make this team ? He might be the best pure shooter to come out in years....way to go NBA   the warriors best 3pt shooting team in league and nobody invited ...i guess that's the punishment they get for cutting Jeremy Lin  lmao



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:05 am
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

Welp It looks like we have a couple of bitter Laker fan on here HUH!!!! Im Lin krazy and aint scared to say it !!! and, if they get J.R Smith im gonna be even more Linsain about the New York Lin's !!!! Cause, Smith is one of my favs absolutly love his game and the way he uses it . If J.R could get more than 20 min a game he would avg 30 every night hes on the court!!! So adding Lin was easily the best thing the Stern league could have done, and the way hes playing he should be in the big game on Sunday!!!???!! Am i right ??? Cause right now at this moment he might not only be the best player in the NBA , but easily the most important to his team. Without him they are still in the cellar am i right!!! Ok so why the fuss about him going to the RISING STARS GAME , when he should be playing on the big stage Sun afternoon!!!




Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

Well so much for enjoying All-Star weekend.  It will be a Jeremy Lin lovefest.  No need for the real allstars to show up just clone 23 more Lin's so the media can spooge all over themselves.  I though we could get away from this media darling for a weekend but no such luck.



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

Don't worry, Jeremy Lin will be selected by the fans for every all-star game until he retires from the NBA.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

If Derrick Rose can't play in All Star game, then Lin should take his place.  All Star is about the fans.  Heck Yau Ming got voted in the All Star Game with a Broken Leg one year....



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

With the very weak draft this year (irving and rubio being the only real rookie rising stars) no wonder why they have changed the format. Othewise wall and griffin would have score 100 pooints between them. And even thou Lin has only started 5 games, he had dominated those games, the fact he is in is not a story. If he was missing out that would have been a real story



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

This just shows the NBA is grasping at straws, they will do ANYTHING to get people to watch/come to the All-star festivities
And I'm sure it will work.  And can you point out someone who is getting snubbed by his inclusion? 



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