The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry is set to compete alongside some of the most talented guards in the NBA as All-Star weekend rolls on with the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge. The level of competition will be high as Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Derrick Rose, and Chris Paul duel it out with Curry in the ultimate showcase of skills and fundamentals. For those of you unaware of how the skills challenge works, here's a brief description of the event provided by NBA.com:
Players compete 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.
The NBA added a new charitable aspect to the challenge this year, teaming up with NBA Cares and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to sponsor the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens 'Graduation to Go' program. Each contestant will be paired with a teen from a Southern California Boys & Girls Club, with the eventual winner receiving a $30,000 college scholarship for their student, while the other 4 students will receive a smaller education scholarship. Sounds like a good way to add some extra incentive for the players to do the best they can. Who will step their game up and take home the prize of NBA Skills Challenge champion?