Video: Joel Embiid cheated in Skills Challenge
The NBA kicked off its annual All-Star Weekend beginning Friday night with the All-Star Celebrity game featuring the first four-point line mark. Afterwards, the night was capped off with the leagues youngest players, both domestic and international, who put on a show for fans in the USA versus World game.
Saturday night didn’t disappoint either as the night began with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
The Skills Challenge has been dominated by guards since its inception in 2003 until All-Star Weekend of 2016 when Karl Anthony Towns took home the trophy and was followed up by Kristaps Porzingis. Its challenges consist of dribbling, passing, and shooting against an opponent in a race to complete them all first.
Not only did more big men enter the contest this year, but the Philadelphia 76ers’ beloved big man Joel Embiid joined the fun and took center stage against the Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen. As the two raced to the passing challenge, Embiid tossed two passes and declined the third as he darted to the next challenge, refusing to be left behind by Markkanen.
TNT’s announcing crew pointed out Embiid’s error as he moved on to the next event, which was not completing the first one. The Sixers big man lost the round to Markkanen anyway but would have been easily disqualified for never completing a pass into the target as the rules state.
It was a humorous moment that only someone with Embiid’s personality could pull off, and he would’ve gone down in NBA history as the first player to be DQ’d in an All-Star Skills Competition.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 18, 2018
Here is a list of the 2018 Taco Bell Skills Challenge Competition contestants.