Knicks' Jeremy Lin laughs during warmups before the start of...

Knicks' Jeremy Lin laughs during warmups before the start of the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge. (Feb. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jeremy Lin confirmed Friday night that he was planning to use a couch as part of Iman Shumpert's Slam Dunk competition routine before Shumpert had to pull out of Saturday's event because of a knee injury.

Lin, of course, famously slept on couches owned by his brother and Landry Fields before exploding onto the NBA scene and getting his own place.

"We actually had a sweet idea," Lin said. "Landry was going to roll a couch out, put a cover over it. I was going to be sleeping underneath it and then they were going to pull the cover. I was going to throw Iman an alley-oop from the couch. He was going to jump over me and the couch, windmill it and then sit down and have Landry hand him a Sprite."

 

Lin could scrimmageUSA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Lin could receive an invitation to scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team in Las Vegas this summer, but he is not a candidate for the American squad, which already has a roster of 20 hopefuls. "Everyone has to pay their dues," Colangelo said. "No exceptions."

 

King heads Fame list

Former Knick Bernard King, former Knicks nemesis Reggie Miller and former Knicks coaches Rick Pitino and Don Nelson head a list of 12 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the honors committee to make the Hall. The inductees will be announced April 2.