It's a tough weekend for John Wall. First, Detroit Pistons sophomore Greg Monroe scuttles his late-game alley-oop in Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge, taking the bloom off the rose that was his super-cool behind-the-back slam. Now, facing elimination from the Taco Bell Skills Challenge of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend's Saturday Night festivities, his attempt to throw an off-the-backboard alley-oop to himself goes very, very wrong.
And when it's all said and done, he has to go back to the Washington Wizards and resume playing alongside this, which is basically like realizing in the middle of a Sunday hangover that you have a morning full of boring, awful meetings waiting for you not only on Monday, but also every day thereafter for the rest of your life.
Sorry, John. We here at BDL sincerely hope that your All-Star Weekend curse will be lifted some day.
Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night, running the dribbling/passing/shooting gauntlet through an elaborate "Double Dare"-style obstacle course in a time of 32.8 seconds. Parker beat Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets in the final round. Wall finished fourth.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rising Stars Challenge MVP Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the first round. They will now live bearing unfathomable shame for the rest of their lives.
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