Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars Challenge; rosters set

In a major upset, global sensation Jeremy Lin was added to the player pool for the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

Lin, the second-year point guard of the New York Knicks, was a late addition to the pool, as was Miami Heat rookie guard Norris Cole.

TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal served as GMs and chose from a pool of 10 sophomores and 10 rookies. Here are there picks (O’Neal had the first pick):


Blake Griffin

Greg Monroe

Markieff Morris

Ricky Rubio

Jeremy Lin

Kemba Walker

Landry Fields

Norris Cole

Brandon Knight

Tristan Thompson


DeMarcus Cousins

Derrick Williams

Paul George

Kyrie Irving

MarShon Brooks

John Wall

Gordon Hayward

Tiago Splitter

Evan Turner

Kawhi Leonard

The inaugural Rising Stars Challenge is Friday night, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.



  1. Christian Baber says

    Shaq’s team is so weak on wings it’s ridiculous. I’m a huge Lin guy, but taking him and Norris Cole over Alec Burks or Iman Shumpert doesn’t make sense to me. You’ve got Rubio, Kemba, and Knight already. Adding ColeTrain and Jeremy seems foolish. Then again, it’s just an exhibition game.


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