Friday, February 24, 2012
Rondo replaces Curry in Skills Challenge
By Chris Forsberg
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will replace defending champion Stephen Curry (strained tendon, right foot) in the Skills Challenge as part of the festivities at All-Star Saturday night in Orlando.
The rest of the field includes Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, San Antonio's Tony Parker, Washington's John Wall, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, and New Jersey's Deron Williams.
What is the Skills Challenge? From the NBA: "Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and features players competing in a two-round timed obstacle course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course. The three players with the fastest times from the first round advance to the finals with the order of competition determined by inverse order of the first-round times. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance."
Here's a list of past winners: "2003 -- Jason Kidd, New Jersey; 2004 -- Baron Davis, New Orleans; 2005 -- Steve Nash, Phoenix; 2006 -- Dwyane Wade, Miami; 2007 -- Wade, Miami; 2008 -- Williams, Utah; 2009 -- Derrick Rose, Chicago; 2010 -- Steve Nash, Phoenix; 2011 -- Curry.