Jan 21, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star Weekend: Damian Lillard Expected to Compete in Skills Challenge


The NBA puts together one of the most entertaining all-star weekends in professional sports and we would expect this year to be no different. A reason for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend success is that there is a little bit over everything out there for the fans of the game.

If you enjoy the pure shooing of the game, powerful dunks or slick ball-handling skills, All-Star weekend has just what you desire.

Next week, participants will be announced for the  Dunk Contest, the Three Point Contest, the Skills Competition. One of the names expected to be announced is Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard.

Per Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com:

Portland Trail Blazers rookie standout Damian Lillard has been invited to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Houston, CSNNW.com has learned.

According to a person close to the rookie point guard, the three-time Rookie of the Month has every intention of accepting the invitation.

Lillard, who is averaging 18.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists through 45 games this season, is also going to participate in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

The rookie point guard has a real shot at taking home the Skills Challenge crown and it will be interesting to see if he can challenge Deron Williams’ all-time record of 25.5 seconds that he set in 2008 as a member of the Utah Jazz.

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