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Rondo finishes second in skills challenge

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Rondo finishes second in skills challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. During the Skills Challenge, the biggest concern with Rajon Rondo seemed to be knocking down the top of the key jump-shot.

As it turned out, the one thing he does best during games - bounce passes - would actually prove costly as Rondo finished second to San Antonio's Tony Parker.

Parker's winning time in the finals was 32.8 seconds, while Rondo finished with a time in the finals of 34.6 seconds. New Jersey's Deron Williams was a distant third with a time of 41.4 seconds.

Just getting to the finals was a challenge for Rondo, who was tied with Washington's John Wall for the third and final spot in the initial round.

The two had to do the Skills Challenge once again to break the tie.

During the Challenge, which consists of various dribbling, shooting and passing drills, Rondo easily advanced past Wall with a time of 27.5 seconds - the best time of the night - while Wall clocked in with a time of 45.4 seconds.

In the finals, Rondo had a relatively easy go of things until the bounce pass drill which took him four attempts to complete.

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

The Boston Celtics' meeting with free agent center Al Horford "went very well," a source told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

The source also added that the Celtics have a "good chance" of signing Horford.

Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

Danny Ainge had Kevin Durant on his mind -- and on his feet -- while attending his son's engagement party this week.

Ainge's son, Cooper Ainge, tweeted a series of images showing that his father was wearing a pair of Kevin Durant's Nike KD 8 shoes:

We can only assume Ainge will walk into Saturday's meeting with Durant wearing a pair of these.