Not an All-Star, but Lin stars in Orlando

BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jeremy Lin was sleeping on couches, praying just to keep his NBA job less than a month ago.

Now his unlikely rise to stardom is making him one of the league's biggest attractions.

Lin shared his story Friday during an entertaining press conference before playing in the Rising Stars Challenge consisting of rookies and second-year players.

The former Harvard guard was a late addition to that game after his stellar play since joining the New York Knicks' rotation on Feb. 4. Because of the huge interest in him, the NBA gave Lin his own media availability, rather than have him meet with reporters Friday morning with the rest of the players in the game.

Lin had planned to be on a beach this weekend before getting his invite here.