Rajon Rondo made his debut as the Celtics color commentator in last night's game against the Bulls in Chicago.
It was overall a pretty successful debut, though obviously the star point guard could not offer as much commentary as a normal media member. Several foul calls he was forced to say "no comment" of fear of being fined by the league. Still, he seemed to get more comfortable as the game went along.
After the game Rondo revealed that he spent basically the whole day preparing for this, and was coached up by veterans like Cedric Maxwell. Rondo also had nothing but praise for Celtics play by play man Mike Gorman, post-game.
Here are three great quotes from Rondo last night, courtesy WEEI's Ben Rohrbach. Read the rest at the link.
On Kris Humphries: “I didn’t know Kris was as good a shooter as he is. Kris definitely can hit a mid-range shot, and that’s why we play together. We have great chemistry. He’s definitely very professional. He wasn’t playing a lot at the beginning of the season, but he stayed in the gym, stayed working, and looking at him now — the starting center for the Boston Celtics.”
On Joakim Noah: ‘”He pretty much fills up the stat sheet. He reminds me a little bit of myself. He plays hard on both ends of the floor. What I like about Joakim most is that he competes on every play. … He’s a guy you want on your team. He does everything on the court.’”
More on Noah: “I think this is 10 years for Noah and I that we’ve played against each other. We played each other in AAU and obviously in college, so Noah and I have been battling for a long time. A very long time. About two years ago, we came to an understanding, because we were always going at each other, and we didn’t never really understand why, but I think it’s because we both love to compete. He’s a guy who’s going to bring it every night, and I do the same, but we don’t play the same position, so one game we were at the free throw line and just thought about why we even go at each other. We kind of squashed it. No beef. No big deal. He’s fun to compete against.”
On Kirk Hinrich: “I love playing against Hinrich. He competes. I love playing against guys that compete. Every night he’s going to bring it no matter his matchup or his size. I remember one year in the playoffs, he checked myself, Ray [Allen] and Paul [Pierce] in one game, so whatever defense the coach asks of him, he’s pretty much going to do it.”
More on Hinrich: “He’s definitely a physical guard. He’s one of the most physical guards we have in our game. He’s stronger than he looks. He plays hard.”
Video via: CSNNE Mike Saver 4/01/2014 09:48:00 AM Tweet