Feb. 19, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (1) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Charlotte 108-73. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Kemba Walker Rising Star Challenge

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I can’t stress enough how odd it is for one lone player to have involvement in the All-Star Weekend festivities.  Not that the Bobcats have ever had many, no dunk competitors, no 3 point shooting competitors, no skills competition (obstacle course thing) competitors, only one All-Star Game participant.  But the rookie/sophomore game, with the Bobcats being lottery bound 6 out of 7 seasons, the Bobcats have had a few participants.  However, in two of those lottery seasons, the Bobcats had no first round pick.  Anyway, All-Star weekend hasn’t been very kind to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Kemba Walker becomes the 5th player to represent the Charlotte Bobcats in any festivities on All-Star weekend, tonight in BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.  This year, they changed it up on us.  Where it had been rookies vs. sophomore players, this season it’s all of them in a pool and each team picked by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.  Kemba will be on Team Shaq.  Shaq took Blake Griffin first, Jeremy Lin second and Ricky Rubio third.  So, Shaq has the market cornered on hype, the question is how much time will Kemba see in this game.  

The coaches, by tradition are the top assistants for the top teams in each division.  This time around, as an exclusive production of TNT, the c0-head coaches are TNT analysts Steve Kerr and Mike Fratello.  Griffin, will likely not play a whole lot of minutes.  Lin, will get the lion’s share of time at point guard, however, with Rubio there, they’ll share the spotlight.  I just hope that Kemba uses whatever time he’s given, on that point guard heavy roster, to draw some attention.

I’m looking forward to this game, as it’s usually a better game than the All-Star game itself, because the guys are hungrier.  I would have liked to see Bismack Biyombo make the team of course, but we don’t always get everything we want in life.

Andrew Barraclough is Senior Editor for RobertoGato.com, a Charlotte Bobcats Blog on the Fansided Network.  Follow him on Twitter @therobertogato and Like the site on Facebook.

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