During the Rodeo Road Trip, I got a chance to speak to San Antonio Spurs rookie guard Gary Neal in Philadelphia about him participating in tonight's T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and come to find out, this will mark his first time ever going to the All-Star weekend, let alone participating in it.
"It's a new experience for me," said Neal. "I've never been to an All-Star game, All-Star weekend or anything like that. So I'm just really looking forward to it."
Neal will be going up against fellow Spurs teammate DeJuan Blair who will be playing for the sophomore squad and he is hoping to go one-on-one against Blair.
"It's going to be fun. Hopefully I can get a couple of switches out on him on the perimeter and attack him a little bit."
What about crossing-up Blair on the perimeter?
"Yeah have a little fun with it," Neal said smiling.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, Neal knows to just have fun in Los Angeles.
"But it's going to be a good experience. Just something I'm looking forward to and really looking to enjoy," Neal said.