John Wall is going to have a really busy NBA All-Star weekend.
Aside from participating in the actual NBA All-Star Game as a starter, John Wall was scheduled to compete in a H-O-R-S-E competition against Stephen Curry as well as the annual Skills-Challenge.
Wall opted not to participate in the Slam Dunk Competition (we’re unsure whether he declined an invite, but winners are typically asked to defend their status), and it looks like he also won’t be participating in the Skills-Challenge.
John Wall has been dealing with a number of ailments, including migraines and sprained ankles.
“He fought through a lot of different things. He’s beat up a little bit. He’s under the weather a little bit, but John loves playing,” Wittman said. “That’s why I love that kid. It takes a lot for him to miss a game.”
While Wall should have the opportunity to rest during All-Star weekend, he’s going to have a lot of media obligations and it certainly isn’t a good idea to participate in something if he’s dealing with some minor injuries.
Along with Houston’s Patrick Beverly, who’ll replace Wall, here’s the list of participants in the Skills-Challenge: Jimmy Butler, Trey Burke, Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry, Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Knight and Isaiah Thomas.
If there’s anyone who deserves more rest, it’s John Wall. It would have been cool to see him compete against some of the league’s best guards, but rest is more important at this point in the season.