Last week, the NBA announced the rosters for the NBA All Star Weekend "Rising Stars Challenge" ( aka the revamped Rookie-Sophomore game) and one name absent from the list was New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.
This year, the teams were picked by TNT analysts Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley. In a surprise move, Rising Stars commissioner Kenny Smith decided to add Lin and Heat rookie Norris Cole to the line-up:
Acting as commissioner for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Thursday evening, Kenny Smith made a late addition to the game, including Norris Cole of the Miami Heat in the rookie pool. The addition meant a second-year player needed to be thrown into the mix, and surprisingly enough, Smith knew just the player!Okay, this might have been a brilliant PR stunt but if Charles Barkley's response means anything, it appears that it wasn't:
Lin, the New York Knicks' breakout star point guard, will play in the Rising Stars Challenge, an altered version of the Rookie-Sophomore Game. This year, instead of the first-year players facing the second-year stars, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal were made general managers.
And of course, Lin came off the board fast. After Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving were picked first and second, respectively, Lin was taken as the third pick.
Barkley praised Lin's addition, saying it was "really stupid the NBA denied him in the beginning."(Courtesy of SB Nation and ESPN)