Lin to be featured on Day 1 at All-Star Weekend

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin laughs before the start

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin laughs before the start of the game against the Miami Heat. (Feb. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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MIAMI -- Where's Jeremy Lin going Friday? To Disney World!

Well, at least near Disney World.

Lin's whirlwind February will continue Friday as he will be the featured attraction on the first day of the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Lin then is expected to take a back seat for the rest of the weekend. He has no official role Saturday, and the NBA's more established stars will play in the actual All-Star Game on Sunday night.

"I will definitely enjoy this break," Lin said. "Obviously, we have the game [Friday night] and that will be a lot of fun just to be a part of the festivities. After that, there's going to be some going to the beach or going fishing and stuff like that. So I'll just hopefully be out in the ocean with no cell phone reception and just the people I love around me, having some fun and relaxing."

Friday night, though, Lin will headline the Rising Stars Challenge game after the NBA adjusted the rosters of the former Rookie/Sophomore game to add him.

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The league also moved the player media availability for the usually low-key event from Friday morning at 10 to Friday night at 7 to accommodate the Lin Show.

Lin's busy Friday still will begin with a morning Rising Stars practice. He was not on the original roster for the event, but NBA commissioner David Stern decided to add two more players before the deadline. Lin was one of them. He was selected third overall by "Team Shaq" general manager Shaquille O'Neal after former No. 1 picks Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving.

Stern, speaking Thursday in Orlando, said he's "never quite seen anything like" the Lin phenomenon.

"I haven't done a computation, but it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Jeremy Lin has," he said. "It's fascinating."

And it should be good for the Rising Stars TV ratings. Lin will play on "Team Shaq" with Griffin, Knicks teammate Landry Fields and fellow point guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves, among others.

Lin also will make an appearance Friday afternoon with Fields, Carmelo Anthony and a multitude of other players to champion the league's charitable efforts in the Orlando area.

Lin was considering assisting teammate Iman Shumpert in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest, but Shumpert had to pull out because of knee tendinitis.

In a nod to his days of sleeping on his brother's couch, Lin reportedly was going to pass the ball to Shumpert while reclining on a sofa. Lin has not confirmed this, but Shumpert told the New York Post it had been discussed.

With AP

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