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.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”