Jeremy Lin to be in NBA Rising Stars game

Feb. 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Jeremy Lin, who ignited a nationwide craze with his recent play for the New York Knicks, has been added to the NBA's Rising Stars game, the league said Friday.

The game will be part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Lin has become a star over the past two weeks, helping the Knicks to seven consecutive wins. He was inserted into the starting lineup and is now the team's third-leading scorer at 12.7 points per game. He's also averaging a team-best 5.1 assists a game.

The Rising Stars game will feature NBA rookies and second-year players on teams chosen by coaches Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

O'Neal's team includes: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers; Lin; Minnesota's Ricky Rubio; Detroit's Greg Monroe; Phoenix's Markieff Morris; Charlotte's Kemba Walker; New York's Landry Fields; Miami's Norris Cole; Detroit's Brandon Knight; and Cleveland's Tristan Thompson.

Barkley's team is made up of: Cleveland's Kyrie Irving; Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins; Indiana's Paul George; Minnesota's Derrick Williams; New Jersey's MarShon Brooks; Washington's John Wall; Utah's Gordon Hayward; San Antonio teammates Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard; and Philadelphia's Evan Turner.

The Rising Stars game is Feb. 24 and the All-Star Game is Feb. 25. All NBA All-Star Weekend festivities take place in Orlando.

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