Behind the scenes: Rondo's turn as commentator

Behind the scenes: Rondo's turn as commentator
April 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Last Monday, Rajon Rondo took his first turn at being a color commentator. Let's take a behind-the-scenes look at how it went.

Prior to the game, his coach and teammates predicted a strong performance, and offered Rondo words of support.

"I think we all know he’s a pretty savvy guy," said coach Brad Stevens. "He’ll figure out what to say and what not to say. I think he’ll provide good insight."

"He’s a pretty articulate and smart guy," said Jerryd Bayless. "I’m sure it’ll work out for him."

Plenty of athletes make the transition from player to television commentator, but even for the best of them, it takes some time. 

"He’s a perfectionist," said Cedric Maxwell. "He kept asking questions. If there’s one thing I knew he’s going to be nervous about, it’s the standup.

"Even with me, as long as I’ve done it, the standup -normally beginning the broadcast - is the toughest part. Once you go to the game, you’re natural instincts take over."

Fortunately for Rondo, he had a seasoned veteran - Mike Gorman - to show him the ropes. 

"I thought he did a nice job as the game went on," said Gorman. "He was really thrown by the standup which really surprised me, but it shouldn’t have when I thought back on it, because he’s probably never stood there with a microphone in his hand and a camera looking at him." 

Even for players who are used to being in the spotlight and who know the game inside and out, it can be a difficult transition to be the single point of focus with an entire audience waiting for your insight. In the end, Rondo was satisfied with his performance and didn't close the door on another crack at the gig. 

"Mike made it a lot easier for me," said Rondo. "I think it went OK. Obviously room for improvement, but first time out I thought I did OK."

No knock against Rondo's performance behind the camera, but Celtics fans will be happy if he spends the majority of his time on the court.