ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and Team Chuck during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gary Bogdan-Pool/Getty Images)
The 2012 Rising Stars Challenge is in the books, and Team Barkley, led by Kyrie Irving's shooting, John Wall's dunking and more, defeated Team Shaq, 146-133. Wall ended up with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but Irving took home MVP honors by scoring 34 points while hitting all eight of his three-pointers.
To analyze anything from this game is an exercise in futility. It's an exhibition game where nobody really tried hard. A couple really minor notes before we get into the video and GIFs that you all want to see, thanks to SB Nation's own GIF maker (so I didn't make them).
- Kenny Smith at one point said that Wall is a 15-foot jumper away from being a perennial All-Star. We knew that, but still, worth noting.
- Smith also said Wall belongs in a dunk contest sometime. Wonder how Nick Young will feel about that one.
- Wall swats Norris Cole.
- Wall gets slammed in the head on a dunk.
- Greg Monroe steals the ball from Wall.