Derrick Rose is still sitting out with a sore back and the thought that he might miss the game has to have come up. If it happens, the East will need a replacement. Jeremy Lin doesn't deserve to be that replacement does he? No. Clearly not. How could you take Lin over Rondo?
It's the ultimate question of whether an all-star birth is based on whether you deserve it or whether the game is for the fans. There's no question who deserves the spot if you need another PG. It's Rajon Rondo. Not even close. However, there's also no question about whom the fans want in the game. It's Jeremy Lin. Not even close.
Who picks the replacement? David Stern.
Lin's star power is so bright that after just a few games in the league he's selling out stadiums in Minnesota and Toronto. Their only sell outs of the year. These stadiums weren't selling out to see Derrick Rose play, but they were selling out for Jeremy Lin. They weren't cheering for their home teams. They were cheering for Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin is giving the Knicks 90% home games at this point. We're going to remove Chuck Norris jokes and replace them with Jeremy Lin jokes soon.
I don't know how you can put a guy who's had seven good games this year into the all-star game over Rajon Rondo, but I know you should. I know it's what the public demands, and let's face it, we let the public choose the starters anyway. The game means nothing. It's not like the old all-star games which had some real competition. It's a pageant [maybe it always was, but as a youth I just didn't realize it].
Home court in the finals isn't reliant on this game. Nothing is reliant on this game except whether you can get people to tune in. Jeremy Lin will move the ratings. He will provide a Tiger Woods in his prime affect on the game. I'd bet the ratings double if Lin plays.
In fact, he'd move the meter so much, the NBA should consider creating an extra spot for him anyway. It's hard not to like Lin as a story even if you get tired of hearing about him. This is a move that any smaller corporation would make instantly. The all-star game is about entertainment. Lin would become the most entertaining thing the NBA could do.
As for Rondo? Well hurting his feelings is just a nice throw in.