It was only a matter of time before this happened. And many believe the NBA did the right thing in adding Jeremy Lin to the NBA All Star weekend festivities by adding him to the Rising Stars game, formerly called the Rookies vs. Sophomores Challenge.
Lin’s breakout came after the pool of 18 players was selected, and the NBA was pressured to add him after he scored 136 points in his first five starts, most by an NBA player since the merger with the ABA in 1976-77.
Beyond his strong play, there has been enormous interest in Lin because he was undrafted out of Harvard and is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. Other NBA players have praised his feats on Twitter, and even President Barack Obama is a fan
I guess when you break records like those that have been around for decades, an invite to the All Star game is warranted, even if it was against sub par competition.
Nevertheless the kid deserves it. And so does the next kid who breaks Lin’s records through his first five starts. Let’s remember that even if that person plays for a small market team and isn’t from a majority of the population.
For Heat fans, you will be happy to know that Norris Cole has been added as well.