Sizing up Rondo's competition in the skills challenge


Sizing up Rondo's competition in the skills challenge

On Friday Rajon Rondo was named to the Taco Bell Skills Challenge in place of the injured defending champion, Stephen Curry (strained tendon, right foot). Rondo will join a field including Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).

Contestants will participate in timed obstacle courses including dribbling, passing, and shooting stations while following NBA basic ball-handling rules. The top two players with the fastest first-round times will compete in the final round.

See how Rondos competition compares to him this season in assists, turnovers, assist-to-turnover ratio, and field goal percentage.

Rajon Rondo - 9.5 assists per game, 3.7 turnovers per game, 2.56 assiststurnovers, 48.5 field goal shooting

Kyrie Irving - 5.1 assists per game, 3.1 turnovers per game, 1.66 assiststurnovers, 47.6 field goal shooting

Tony Parker - 8.1 assists per game, 2.6 turnovers per game, 3.13 assiststurnovers, 45.6 field goal shooting

John Wall - 7.6 assists per game, 4.2 turnovers per game, 1.83 assiststurnovers, 42.6 field goal shooting

Russell Westbrook - 5.5 assists per game, 4.2 turnovers per game, 1.32 assiststurnovers, 47.0 field goal shooting

Deron Williams - 8.2 assists per game, 4.2 turnovers per game, 1.96 assiststurnovers, 41.3 field goal shooting

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will take place Saturday, February 25 at 8:30pm EST.

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."

Quick Slants the Podcast: Who's been better for the Patriots, Welker or Edelman?

Quick Slants the Podcast: Who's been better for the Patriots, Welker or Edelman?

Phil Perry and Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran debate which receiver has been better for the Patriots: Wes Welker or Julian Edelman? It's part of this edition of Quick Slants The Podcast.