Cavs Irving to Take Part in Skills Challenge

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The news keeps getting better since the Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Kyrie Irving was cleared from his concussion last week.

Monday the NBA and Cavaliers announced Irving will be participating in the 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge, one of many events showcasing NBA players during All-Star Weekend.

The skills challenge, on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Orlando, features six players who compete in dribbling, passing and shooting drills during a two-round timed challenge.

The top three players to finish with the fastest times will make the finals.

Irving joins Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry who won the title last year, San Antonio guard Tony Parker, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets.

It’s no surprise the rookie was invited. Irving leads all first year players in scoring, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage.

Averaging 18.3 points per game, the Cavs first round draft pick was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month during his top performances in December and January.

NBA All-Star Weekend will be a busy one for Irving, who is also participating in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 24.

If you are wondering how big of an honor this is, consider the fact that Irving, at just 19-years-old, is just the third player in Cavaliers franchise history to be invited to participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

The challenge was introduced in 2003.

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