DeJuan Blair’s Big Night
Free from the shackles of Pop’s system for a night, DeJuan Blair tried to make the most of it in the NBA Rookie Challenge Game, the first event of NBA All-Star Weekend (c’mon, nobody cares about the celebrity game).
In the first time in a long time, the Rookies took down their veteran counterparts as they downed the Sophomores 140-128. The Spurs’ Blair, who admittedly was gunning for every rebound he could find, was a star for the Rookie team, scoring 22 points and grabbing 23 rebounds.
The 23 rebounds is a record for the Rookie Challenge.
Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings was named MVP of the Rookie Challenge, but decided to share the honor with Blair.
Some highlights of Blair’s night without Pop patrolling the sideline include:
- wearing a headband in the first half
- shooting a three-pointer
- throwing an alley-oop off the glass to himself on a fast break
- missing a free throw on purpose to get himself another rebound