Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  24 responses

Jeremy Lin Says He’s Not Playing at NBA All-Star Level

The problem with Jeremy Lin’s fan popularity is that it doesn’t match his game. Lin, to his credit, is honest enough to acknowledge that he doesn’t deserve the votes he has gotten this season in All-Star balloting. At last count, Chris Paul only led Jeremy Lin by about 46,000 votes. Per NBA.com: “Jeremy Lin didn’t hesitate with an honest answer when asked if he feels like an All-Star. ‘Uh, no,’ he said softly after another choppy performance Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets lost for a fifth consecutive time, unable to claw all the way back from 15 points down despite several chances late to go ahead. Lin nearly redeemed a poorly played game with a 14-point fourth quarter, but he missed one of his two free throw attempts on two critical trips to the free-throw line in the final two minutes. A badly executed pass in the paint with Houston down three with 14.9 seconds to go for his fourth turnover essentially sealed a 105-100 victory for the suddenly surging Dallas Mavericks, who have won four in a row. ‘If I could hit a free throw,’ said Lin, who was 6-for-10 from the stripe, ‘it’d be nice.’ It’s been that kind of season for Lin with the Rockets, who also happen to be the host for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game at Toyota Center. While it’s James Harden – unable to salvage his own brutal shooting night with an aggressive fourth quarter that ended with two failed drives to the rim — who can make a strong case for consideration to be an All-Star starter (although he doesn’t have the fan votes), it is Lin who is being afforded the possibility. If enough Linsanity fans on at least two continents stuffed the All-Star ballot boxes in the final weeks of fan voting that ended on Monday night, the ex-New York Knicks player and the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent could be an All-Star starter for the West while bumping MVP candidate Chris Paul to the bench.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    who does he think he is? deron Williams?

  • bringbackthesonics

    he definitely shouldn’t be starting, especially if it puts cp3 on the bench

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  • The Fury

    There are games that he’s really good or just good or just awful. Jeremy needs to be consistent.

  • Max

    No f*cking way?

  • Redd

    Does anyone know why D Rose was left out from the ballot?

  • Comment_System

    Nobody expected him to be. To be fair though, last nights loss was on Harden. Lin had the hot hand and brought them back and harden kept asking for the ball back even though he was shooting 5-23.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange believe Lin has politics in his future … acknowledging that he isn’t playing at an All-Star level, yet all the while preparing to play in the All-Star game.

  • calc

    Because his numbers dropped drastically, from 21.8/7.9 last year to 0.0/0.0

  • Redd

    That’s funny, so did bynums and he’s on there. Nice attempt at being funny though.

  • calc

    probably because bynum was expected to come back way before the allstar break, with rose it was clear that it will take him until Feb to make his return on the court.

    Doesnt make sense to me to put a player on the ballot when you know that he’s not going to play at least 1-2months before the ASG

  • John Marshall

    True Jlin should have been consistent on the free throw line. He was last year. But last turnover was Parson’s fault last night. All Rocket’s free throws sucks. Is the LOUDNESS from THE AUDIENCE MAKES THE YOUNG ROCKETS NERVOUS? McHale should demand them practice free throws. That foul on Jlin by blocking was an charge on Dallas. He is not consistent YET. Remember he was not drafted and just a rookie as a starter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Duh..you suck..dont get EMO lin-huggers

  • Redd

    True, good point his return date was Mid January whereas Rose was Feb so I get that. Thanks.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    A part of me wants j lin in the all star game, just to see him get washed lol….ok ppl we get it you like j lin in fact he’s pretty good but all star? Stop the madness.

  • John Marshall

    Jlin should be consistent on free throws. He was very good last year. All Rockets sucks on free throws. Coach should demand them practice free throws 300 every day. DOES THE LOUDNESS FROM THE AUDIENCE SCARE THE YOUNG ROCKETS? On last night’s game, Parson’s fault on last turnover. Jlin’s blocking foul should be a charge on Dallas.

  • calc

    okay then the question should be ‘why is andrew bynum on the allstar ballot’ not ‘why isnt rose’.

    im not trying to defend bynum being on the ballot, just saying that players who are injured from the start of the season till Jan/Feb shouldn’t be on there. Why should you be an allstar when you didnt even play? Get my point?

  • Redd

    Agreed, I’m not disagree with you at this point..don’t think you realized.

    But see Yao Ming.

  • Gigi

    Who will watch the Allstar without the fans’ lover? No Lin, No fun to watch Allstar

  • Gigi

    If CP3 weren’t picked as a Allstar starter, not because of Lin, just because CP3 doesn’t have enough fans, he could be MVP, not Allstar. Who want to watch CP3, MP4, or IPhone5?

    Kobe has lots of fans from China that is why he has so high votes.

  • Chukaz

    Kobe has all those votes cuz he’s his generation’s Jordan. LeBron has the vote he was because he is his generations jordan. KD has the votes he has cuz he’s his generation’s jordan. When you’re the Jordan of your generation, you get mad votes.

  • Tsewang Nyendak

    why does harden force the issue at the end. He had almost four guys coming at him at the end yesterday. Why can’t he just pass it to an open man. Rockets is going nowhere if they keep playing iso harden.

  • bringbackthesonics

    and that is what is wrong with fan voting, it all seems to be based on hype and not a players individual performance, team standing etc.

    thank god mvp voting isnt left up to fans