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Everyone loves a Cinderella Story. Lin is one of the fastest rising stars the NBA has seen. His “bench to spotlight” story has swept the world.
Lin grew up playing ball in the same town as Stanford. Yet these local coaches didn't see the talent right across the street from them. To make things more interesting, few other schools took notice.
However, Brown and Harvard were the exceptions and took a real interest in him. Unfortunately, Lin's career at Harvard didn't do much to impress the NBA scouts.
He was passed up in the 2010 NBA draft and cut from two teams, finally landing in the D-league. However, he kept playing and playing hard. In what seems like an overnight move, this D-league player is now the hype of the world. Fans are even calling for an MVP award in the 2011-2012 season.
Due to Lin's determination and fast found success; he deserves to be acknowledged. Therefore, a bid to the Rising Star Challenge is the perfect way to benchmark his accomplishments.