By Evan Hilbert
February 17, 2012

NBA commissioner David Stern initially said that New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin would not be participating in the Rising Stars Challenge, but the rookie's outstanding play earned him an invite, according to the Associated Press.

Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal are serving as general managers of the two teams, which will be comprised of rookies and second-year players. This is a deviation from previous years, when the second-year players would play the rookies.

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