Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Wizards are blowing up. A winning record, recent signature wins against Golden State, Oklahoma City, and Portland, and now star players John Wall and Bradley Beal are being offered a spotlight in the upcoming All-Star weekend festivities.
Beal has been invited to participate in both the Three Point Shootout and Rising Stars Challenge and Wall has been given the option to partake in the Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge. Now it’s just a matter of whether they will accept. With lingering soreness, Wall’s heal and Beal’s fibula, both are on the fence and understandably so.
The two have already had their share of injuries in their young careers and know they are vital to the Wizards’ playoff chances. At the same time, these contests are a special opportunity to show off their talents and represent Washington, DC. It’s been since Javale McGee in 2011 that the Wizards had a Slam Dunk contestant and Hibachi (Gilbert Arenas) in 2007 that they had a Three Point Shootout contestant.
Personally, I’d be more than fine with the two sitting this one out. I never again want to have that devastating feeling I had while watching Beal’s injury scare against Minnesota on Dec 27. Not to mention, I highly doubt Beal’s smooth stroke and Wall’s breathtaking athleticism will be disappearing anytime soon. There will be more opportunities in the future.