John Wall to participate in Skills Challenge

JaVale McGee was surprisingly ignored when the NBA selected its four participants in the slam dunk contest, but the Wizards will have some representation on all-star star Saturday night, as John Wall has been invited back to compete in the Skills Challenge competition in Orlando.

Wall will attempt to improve upon his fourth-place finish in the event last season, when he completed the obstacle course of passes, dribbling and shooting in a time of 39.3 seconds. He will go up against defending champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving.

After being selected, Wall told the Wizards’ team Web site that he planned to maintain the same routine as last season. “All it is, is you got to get the basketballs through the little [cylinders] when you make the passes. That’s the toughest part, making the passes. Everything else is pretty easy,” he said.

McGee said the NBA didn’t ask him to participate in the slam dunk contest but he would’ve been open to having the chance. Considering the “Sport Science” video that ESPN recently produced, it’s a wonder the league avoided the chance to see what else McGee has up his sleeve. The video showed that McGee’s wingspan is actually larger than Yao Ming’s height and concludes with him dunking a cookie in a bowl of milk placed on an plank 11 feet off the ground. How could this not be allowed this year?

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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