Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair are not real All-Stars, but young All-Stars
A quick note before the Spurs tip-off against the Portland Trailblazers to mark the first game of the Rodeo Road Trip; Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair will participate in the 2011 Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at All-Star Weekend.
Most people know the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam as the Rookie-Sophomore game, because it makes more sense that way. Last year, the Rookie team won for the first time since 2002,Â mostly because of DeJuan Blair.
If we polled the readers and asked which of the Spurs’ three rookies this season would be in the Rookie-Sophomore game, what percentage do you think Gary Neal would have earned? 10 percent? Five percent? It’s a pretty cool honor for the guy and one would expect him to make one of the All-Rookie teams at the end of the season, assuming his production doesn’t drop off a cliff.
Also involved in the night’s proceedings will be Spurs Assistant Coach Mike Budenzholzer, who will coach of the Rookie Team. Yep, not only did the Spurs’ record earn Coach Pop theÂ privilegeÂ (or burden, depending on who you ask) to bark instructions at All-Star Weekend, but Coach Bud gets to do it too.
The Rookie game is on Friday, February 18 at 8 pm and can be seen on TNT.