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Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 02/17/2011

John Wall selected for Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend

By David Larimer

Wizards rookie John Wall has been selected to complete in the Skills Challenge on Saturday in Los Angeles as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. He will be joined in the event by Chris Paul of New Orleans, Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, Derrick Rose of Chicago and Stephen Curry of Golden State.

Wall, Westbrook, Rose and Curry were chosen to compete against Paul through an online vote. They beat out the Clippers' Baron Davis, the Kings' Tyreke Evans, the Lakers' Derek Fisher and the Spurs' Tony Parker.

In the Skills Challenge, competitors make their way through a timed obstacle course of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. Wall will also play in the Rookie Challenge game on Friday night.

By David Larimer  | February 17, 2011; 10:38 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Comments

I hope he does well. It is good that he hasn't fell short of his hype, even with the Wizards. Did Flip pooh pooh Walls selection like he initially did McGee's?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 17, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"Did Flip pooh pooh Walls selection like he initially did McGee's?"LarryInClintonMD.
Posted by: LarryInClintonMD"

Not that it matters, because Wall doesn't yet have fans that worry about possible bruising of his ego.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 17, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

What?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2011 12:17 AM | Report abuse

As if a skills competition will reinforce any bad habits for John Wall. Larry, you really are dense. All JM can do is dunk and getting in the dunk competition might not be the greatest thing to ever happen for his development. It's not a bad thing, but FS just threw a warning his way. BFD!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 18, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

What?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

On the resumption of the Melo talks with NJ: personally I thought he'd wind up there because 1) Prokhorov has way more money than anybody else, and 2) with a move to Brooklyn, the Nets absolutely, positively need the guy to make the franchise work in NY. They'd no doubt change the team name, too.

Anyway here's how it's shaping up in this second round of talks:

Melo, Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Melvin Ely and Shelden Williams to New Jersey for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.

As a two-team deal, it works pretty well. The possible stumbler being those 4 first rounders. Some negotiating to come there, no doubt. After the trade, the Nets lineup would be Billups, Anthony, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, and the SG of your choice, probably Vujacic and Anthony Morrow. That sends Travis Outlaw to the bench and adds Mel Ely to the big man rotation. A stronger roster than the Nets have had in the past, that's for certain. Playoffs this year? Still a bit of a long shot, but next year, they could be contending.

The Nuggets take the really big hit, of course, in the name of the future.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 18, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Ernest Grunfeld has done the impossible.

The Wizards are poised to have a playoff year and, other than Arenas, have no burdensome, long-term contracts to impede their progress moving forward.

Some of you tin-ear haters blasted Ernest because N'Diaye doesn't have a contract. As I suggested, the Wizards have offered him a contract commensurate with his draft position and N'Diaye has not signed it. The market has determined that N'Diaye is not worthy of a guaranteed contract and Ernest is offering him exactly what he deserves that this point in career. He will play in the D-League this year if he doesn't get an overseas contract and that's that.

Bask in the warmth of Ernest's brilliance and be assured that the Wizards will be far more entertaining and competitive than the haters would have you believe!

In Grunfeld We Trust!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 11:35 AM |.


Just a little comedy relief as we head into the all-star break. Thx Melodious.

Posted by: closg | February 18, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Derrick Rose is flat out amazing! The way that guy stutter steps and cuts to find his way to the rim is awesome to watch, hope JW is taking notes.

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I hope they don't make him shoot in this challenge, because that would be a wreck.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 18, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Did Flip pooh pooh Walls selection like he initially did McGee's?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 17, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Come on Larry you know there is a double standard when it comes to the Wizards

Kirk, Lewis, Howard and Wall can do no wrong and Ab, JM and NY are the reason the Wizards lose.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 18, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Sucks dat we have no All Stars but it would still be great for this Orginization if Wall won the skills comp or got the MVP or the rookie/soph game, or if McGee won the dunk contest.

With him playing with the beast Cousins again and also luckily having Blake on his squad, I could see the rookies pulling the upset and him winning the MVP since he will have the ball more then anyone else. I remember Gil won it one year, I think as a Soph.

Wall also has the speed & passing ability to win the skills comp and alot of vets dont go as hard as possible at it so if he can get dat pass through the tire then he could win that also.

In the dunk contest to me it comes down to IQ again. Our team is always dumb and McGee is one of the worst. He's talented enough to win it but its all about tempo. Those dunks he was doing in that one video is not going to win it. He may even come in 4th. They were good but no one wants to see a 7footer dunk unless it looks like a small man. Those dunks looked like a 7footer and it was all about tempo.

The good thing is that they were practicing so I dont think he was going hard but just watch those dunks in the vid and watch him in games at times. When he gets a running start or goes full speed then he can dunk like a guard. Its going to be about tempo. If he's nervous or just dunks slow like he did in that vid then he will look like crap but if he gets a running start on all his dunks and does it with energy then we could see a Jordan-Wilkins type faceoff. I think all 4 guys can be good if they do it right

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 18, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually looking forward to seeing Wall in the skills competition. There is a speed component to this. If he can do well on the skills part, his speed might put him in 1st place!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | February 18, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Larry-- You write the most incoherent stuff BY FAR. You write nonsense. Your "retorical flourishes" are insane. So where do you get off with the "What?" to those two guys above. Their comments made sense; yours (99% of the time) do not. Flip gave McGee a minor, minor push like coaches do. You got to get over this stuff. Your constant whining about Flip and Livingston is making it even harder to be a Bullets fan.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 18, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Also, Larry, just read your posts on the other threads. It's cool that you'd never heard of Wally Pipp - we all have our own blindspots. However, you can't claim that it's unknown, because it's probably THE MOST WELL KNOWN OF ALL SPORTS ANECDOTES. It is THE preeminent sports fable. Don't miss a game, because Lou Gehrig might replace you and then play 2130 consecutive games. Wally Pipp is THE story in sports. So, don't get all upset and claim it's unknown just because you don't know it. It is very, very, very well-known, but you just missed it. That happens. To all of us. Just dial it back a bit maybe. Oh, and I know: Flip sucks and Livingston is god. Got it.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 18, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"Anyway here's how it's shaping up in this second round of talks:

Melo, Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Melvin Ely and Shelden Williams to New Jersey for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.

As a two-team deal, it works pretty well. The possible stumbler being those 4 first rounders. Some negotiating to come there, no doubt. After the trade, the Nets lineup would be Billups, Anthony, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, and the SG of your choice, probably Vujacic and Anthony Morrow. That sends Travis Outlaw to the bench and adds Mel Ely to the big man rotation. A stronger roster than the Nets have had in the past, that's for certain. Playoffs this year? Still a bit of a long shot, but next year, they could be contending.

The Nuggets take the really big hit, of course, in the name of the future."

Posted by: Samson151 | February 18, 2011 10:25 AM

The Nuggets make out pretty well that deal. They're giving up a player they were going to lose for nothing, and aging PG, and bench fodder for a young, legit starting caliber PG (although, admittedly, Harris isn't quite the lustrous catch he appeared to be when he first got to Jersey. He's still a quality starter, but in this age of the point, he's in the 2nd tier), a young big with talent and a healthy dose of the dreaded "upside," and cap space. As for the picks . . . it depends where they come from. They obviously aren't all going to be Jersey's "native" picks. For the ones that are, however, I don't see Jersey being contenders any time soon. Playoff team? Sure, but that's not a big feat in the East. Melo's a great offensive player, but I really don't think he's a transformative player in and of himself. He can be the catalyst guy if he has the right ingredients in the mix, but it looks to me that NJ will have a good bit more mixing to do after this deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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