Friday, February 24, 2012
Lin, Fields in Rising Stars Challenge tonight
By ESPNNewYork.com staff
Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty ImagesJeremy Lin and Landry Fields, the Knicks' starting backcourt, will be teammates in the Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.
Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, Kemba Walker and Ricky Rubio at Friday's practice.
The event was formerly known as the Rookie Challenge and pitted the best second-year players against top rookies during All-Star weekend. The format is different this year: TNT analysts Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley conducted a draft and built teams with a mixture of first- and second-year players.
Lin and Fields will play for Team Shaq. Nets rookie MarShon Brooks will play for Team Chuck.
Other players with ties to New York and New Jersey:
• Bobcats guard Kemba Walker of Team Shaq is a Bronx native who played for Rice High School in Harlem.
• Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving of Team Chuck played for St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, N.J.
• Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson of Team Shaq spent two years at Saint Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.
• Jazz forward Derrick Favors of Team Chuck was drafted by the Nets and traded to Utah in the Deron Williams blockbuster.
• Norris Cole, Heat
• Landry Fields, Knicks
• Blake Griffin, Clippers
• Brandon Knight, Pistons
• Jeremy Lin, Knicks
• Greg Monroe, Pistons
• Markieff Morris, Suns
• Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves
• Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers
• Kemba Walker, Bobcats
• Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
• DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
• Derrick Williams, Timberwolves
• Paul George, Pacers
• MarShon Brooks, Nets
• John Wall, Wizards
• Evan Turner, 76ers
• Gordon Hayward, Jazz
• Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
• Derrick Favors, Jazz