Former Classmate Fights To Reverse Lin's All-Star Game Snub

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 12, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin '10 doesn't currently have a spot in the All-Star Game's Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, something former classmate Cheng Ho '10 is trying to change.

The annual Rookie-Sophomore Challenge at the NBA All-Star Game has a new format this year: Teams will be selected by former superstars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal from a pre-selected group of first and second-year players. With “Linsanity” sweeping the nation, it seems certain that Jeremy Lin ’10 should be one of the first guards picked—but there’s a problem. The Harvard alum wasn’t chosen as a candidate for the game, and, therefore, cannot be selected to play for either team.

As Lin has continued to set record after record this week, the snub seems a bit unfair, at least according to Cheng Ho ’10. Ho, just hours after Lin and his New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, created a Facebook event in the hopes of convincing the league to let Lin in on the game.

With less than two weeks left until All-Star Weekend, Ho is pulling out all the stops to get his former classmate into the anticipated frosh-soph matchup.

“If you think J Lin has earned and deserved an invitation, join this event, voice your support, and let’s get him a spot on the squad!” Ho wrote on the event page. “While the roster has been solidified, it’s never too late to try. Together. We have a good chance. J Lin never gave up. We will not either!”

Though it will take work and would be unconventional to add to a solidified roster, it could happen. After all, if we’ve learned anything this week, it would be that nothing is Linpossible.