Wonder of wonders, the NBA has managed to find a spot for the New York Knicks’ certified phenomenon Jeremy Lin at All-Star Weekend.
Thanks to the Commissioner David Stern, who stepped in to right this injustice and not simply to get more publicity for the weekend, Lin will bring Linsanity to Orlando at the end of the month. He’ll participate in the Haier shooting stars competition Feb. 25 and, more importantly, will be eligible to help teammate Iman Shumpert compete in the slam-dunk contest later that night.
Blake Griffin and Baron Davis teamed up (with a Kia) to win the dunk contest last year; this year’s competition will be limited to one round and the winner will be determined by fan vote (via Twitter, online and text voting). Lin’s presence — even as a mere assistant — will add some star power to the competition with Indiana’s Paul George, Minnesota’s Derrick Williams and Houston’s Chase Budinger the other competitors.
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