The extra rest Rajon Rondo was able to get over the C’s past two games should serve him well this weekend in Orlando, as the NBA has announced the All-Star will replace Stephen Curry and take part in the Taco Bell Skills Competition. Here’s the full release:
Due to injury, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will not be able to defend his Taco Bell Skills Challenge title against a field consisting of Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets. Instead, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics will compete in Curry’s place. The 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge will take place on Feb. 25, at Amway Center in Orlando.
This year’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge will feature an expanded field from five to six participants.
The Taco Bell 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 two 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.
In case you were wondering, there are free throws involved here, which immediately puts Rondo in as a underdog. Still a talented field there, and the ultra competitive Rajon should go all-out against his rival point guards. What kind of odds should we place here on a victory?