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NBA Skills Challenge 2012: Preview And Participants

The 2012 Taco Bell Skills Competition will be the 2nd event of the All-Star Game Saturday festivities in Orlando, and as always it consists of a strong field of containing some of the NBA's best. This will be the first year that the field has expanded from five participants to six, as the two players with the fastest times from the first round advance will advance and square off in a final round of competition.

This year's field includes Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets, and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. Rondo is taking the place of the injured Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who will not be able to defend his Taco Bell Skills Challenge title from a year ago.

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