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Canada's Gilgeous-Alexander to replace Rose in NBA skills challenge

NEW YORK — Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder will replace Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose next Saturday in the skills challenge, one of the events on the NBA's all-star weekend schedule.

NEW YORK — Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder will replace Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose next Saturday in the skills challenge, one of the events on the NBA's all-star weekend schedule.

Gilgeous-Alexander will also play for the world team in the NBA rising stars game in Chicago next Friday.

The 21-year-old from Hamilton leads the Thunder in scoring with 19.5 points per game, ranks second in rebounding (6.2) and is third in assists (3.2) in his second NBA season.

Rose, who won the skills challenge as an NBA rookie with the Chicago Bulls, is unable to compete due to an adductor strain. 

 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 6, 2020.

The Canadian Press