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Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:55 pm
Team USA head Jerry Colangelo says they will consider Lin for USA Select. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ben Golliver  

ORLANDO -- Could Jeremy Lin's overnight success story wind up landing him a future spot with Team USA?

It's possible, according to USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, who told reporters at an All-Star Weekend press conference that the New York Knicks guard will be given consideration for USA Basketball's Select Team, a player pool used to cultivate potential Team USA members. 

"We'll look at him as well as anyone else who is doing the job," Colangelo said. "If we think they are worthy of being invited we'll bring them in to Las Vegas to do just that."

Colangelo said that "a list of names" was being formed and that Lin was "off to this great start" for the Knicks.

"Everyone has to pay their dues," Colangelo said. "We told players if you join us I promise you we are going to be successful but you have to do it our way. Those who participate earn equity in our program… There's a lot of players who want to play, who are paying their dues with the select team, who have participated with us over the last six years. No exceptions."

Team USA is stacked with point guard talent, with Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Deron Williams expected to represent USA at the 2012 London Olympics. Asked if Lin's skillset was a fit with what Team USA looks for from its floor generals, Colangelo withheld judgment, but said that Lin is in an ideal spot with the Knicks, playing for Team USA assistant coach Mike D'Antoni.

"It's too early," he said. "I wouldn't even make a judgment like that. I would say, I believe that he's in the right situation to do well in New York. The way Mike D'Antoni plays offense. It's the extended dribble. In a different kind of configuration like the triangle I think it would be more challenging for him, not that he couldn't do it. I just think we just have to appreciate what he's done so far. Period. Commend him for what he's done. It's a great story." 

Lin, a 23-year-old Taiwanese-American from California, went undrafted out of Harvard. His rise to NBA prominence seems to embody the spirit of dues paying that Team USA has tried to cultivate in recent years.

"I think it's wonderful," Colangelo said. "I love that. The whole story is great. First of all, think about the impact he is having and would have if this continues on the average guy, the average player. Hope. It doesn't get any better than that."

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:16 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Of course this is being considered. What better way to expose Lin, and in effect the NBA, than on the global stage of the Olympics? You know David Stern has dollar signs in his eyes thinking about Lin's star rising in China and the rest of the East.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:05 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Wow.  The guy has a good three week strecth and he's gets to play on the USA select team?  Not sure that quite fits.  I think Kylie Irving, Brandon Jennings and Russel Westbrook may have something to say about that. 

I know it's a good story, Jerry, but he needs to do it for an extended period of time before he should get a chance like that.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:54 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Going way too far.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:44 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Yeah, this is definitely going too far.

There are a lot of other deserving players ahead of Lin, as much as I love him.

This type of hype is exactly what will eventually make the media turn on him.

I wonder how many NBA ballers are reading this saying "what the? what about me?"

And then the animosity starts building toward Lin, who just wants to play ball.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:17 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

i dont think he deserves this either. and as we've seen so far, he has a major turnover problem (he's averaging a little under 7 a game)

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:59 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

No this is going too far.  He doesn't deserve it.

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