Post-game Reactions

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? 

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  • kel

    people actually watch this?

    • IBleedGreen


  • Batman

    Rondos gonna own

  • IBleedGreen

    Last I check they need to make a jumper in the Skills Competition. Good Luck Rajon.

    • dunny dun dun

      nah it's a new NBA….jumpshots dont matter when your a PG

  • Surgeon General

    This would be more thrilling if all the contestants had to actually eat Taco Bell products before the competition.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Ha ha ha that is awesome. They have to get thru the obstacle course in order to get a bathroom pass

  • Tos

    Surheon General – that was hilarious.

    Haha. GL Rondo!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Totally unrelated… Sheed is back. Signing with the Lakers, have fun with that Sheed.

    • smalltownID

      Have fun with that sheed? More like have fun with that LA. 🙂 But I do get your point.

  • Batman

    Even though he didn't win Rondo had the best outing in his super tiebreaker one
    he was also money with his jumper
    he somehow messed up on his bread and butter, the bounce pass 🙁

  • smalltownID

    Ok, back to real basketball comments…I am sure Batman and Skeeds will disagree with this but here goes another Rajon Paradox Rondo…..Although I agree that Boston's current personnel does not bode well for Rondo's game, it is also a boon for Rondo's "brand" – I hate this term but since it has value to some ppl it is pertinent here. I don't think he makes the all-star game (I know, as a reserve) on any other NBA team but Orlando. The other respectable or marquee teams Rondos value is not inflated by what surrounds him (or maybe I should say "doesn't" surround him). The rest of the teams are so disrespected you have to have DWill, Howard, Griffin, or CPaul talent to overcome the "your team sucks" factor.

    I predict this is the last year we will see Rondo in an all-star game (including making it as a reserve in the future). I know, not that bold since he made it as a reserve but yet another paradox imo of Rondo. You have to admit that Rondo's perceived value is inflated by all the people who think "the Big 3 have been washed up for 3 years and Rondo is the ONLY reason they have contended the last 3 years."