Jeremy Lin was not selected to play in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, but he may participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition on Saturday night according to a league source.
No doubt you have heard about this Jeremy Lin character coming out of nowhere to lead the New York Knicks to six straight wins, the latest via buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Unfortunately, his out-of-nowhere ascent has come after the close 2012 NBA All-Star voting, meaning the league's weekend of fun leading up to the Feb. 26 game won't include the season's biggest story. According to league sources, that may soon change. The New York Daily News reports that Lin may be added to the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night.
Admittedly, the Shooting Stars competition isn't one of the more exciting events of the weekend, but at least the league would be able to add Lin without blatantly snubbing another player. The event teams a current NBA player with a WNBA star and one of TNT's on-air personalities, and pits them against other similarly comprised teams in a shooting competition. Last year Team Atlanta won with Al Horford, Coco Miller of the Atlanta Dream, and former Hawk Steve Smith.
Otherwise, Lin's only chance to join the festivities may be as an alternate should an Eastern Conference reserve be forced to drop out of the weekend. He has only started five games this season, but he has certainly played at an All-Star level over that span, averaging 27.2 points and 8.8 assists.
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