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It started awkwardly. Rajon Rondo looked the part of a first-time color analyst before Monday night’s Celtics-Bulls game. Someone on Comcast’s staff must have told Rondo to look at the camera, because the Celtics point guard didn’t disappoint in that department. If you wanted Rondo to smile more, you got plenty of cheese in the first 45 seconds of the broadcast.
It may have started off awkwardly, but after the first commercial break, during which Mike Gorman most certainly gave Rajon some coaching, things started to go a lot better for the first time color commentator. As Dzen put in his piece, “as the game went on and the Celtics started playing better, Rondo also improved. He offered honest takes on several plays, just like your buddy would sitting next to you in a bar.”
He let out a “gah..” when his teammates made a sloppy turnover, offered up a “No comment” when asked by Gorman if he wanted to speak on a bad call by the refs and even took the Bulls’ mascot dumping popcorn on him with a smile. Which by the way Tommy Heinsohn thoroughly enjoyed.
He had compliments for former Celts assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, calling him a “workaholic” when it comes to doing whatever it takes to give his team an edge. Speaking on Bulls’ star Joakim Noah, Rajon quipped in that perfect, dry Rondo fashion: “he’s a guy that very much fills up the stat sheet-reminds me a little bit of myself.”
All in all, Rondo’s appearance alongside Mike Gorman made last night’s Celtics game much more tolerable. The Celtics do have two more back-to-backs left, so who knows-maybe we get to hear Rajon on color again before this season mercifully ends. If you didn’t catch Rondo during the first-half, CSNNE has the highlights below. They also spoke to Rondo after the game and got his thoughts on how he felt things went.
Globe: Guard Rajon Rondo Analyzes Celtics On TV In First Half | MassLive: Rajon Rondo Makes Announcing Debut | ESPN Boston: Rondo’s Debut Makes For Must See TV | CSNNE: Rondo-You Have To Be A Leader Every Day | Herald: Rondo Takes Well To The Airwaves
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