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Rajon Rondo to fill in as analyst on Celtics broadcast

Mar 26, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo is being held out of back-to-back contests by the Celtics this season, in order to be extra-cautious with the team’s franchise player who’s coming off of serious surgery, and playing in what is nothing more than a rebuilding year for the organization.

That little wrinkle allows Rondo to be available for things he wouldn’t otherwise be scheduled for during a normal NBA season — like sitting in as an analyst on the team’s television broadcast.

From Chad Finn of the Boston Globe:

Rondo will serve as a guest analyst during the Celtics’ matchup with the Bulls on Monday, March 31.

He’ll join play-by-play voice Mike Gorman for the first quarter of CSNNE’s broadcast, with Cedric Maxwell substituting in for the final three quarters. …

The Celtics have used several color analysts during road games this season, including Maxwell, Jackie MacMullan, P.J. Carlesimo, Dave Cowens, and Bill Simmons. Tommy Heinsohn is the color analyst for home games but provides studio commentary when the Celtics are away.

It’s great for fans, obviously, to have the team’s best player analyzing what’s happening on the floor in real time. The question, though, is what version of Rondo will we get on the air?

Rondo has no trouble being straight forward in interviews, but often comes across as having an icy personality that could potentially alienate fans that aren’t as familiar with his style.

It’s awesome that the team has put this in motion, but we’ll have to wait and see just how Rondo is able to translate his basketball IQ to the uninitiated masses.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Doris Burke and Jackie MacMullan can spit knowledge. They are great examples of woman that can hang with big boys.

    • phaden27 - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Please tell me you’re joking. It has nothing to do with being a woman but they are both on Jemele Hill’s level: boring, and have ridiculous takes which always get torn apart or disproven.

    • acieearl - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      I don’t understand the thumbs down on this one. I would rather listen to MacMullan talk about the NBA than anyone else, she has so much insight and knowledge of the history of the game. And if you don’t enjoy listening to Burke on television than I think its a you problem.

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM


    Sorry bud, I was completely serious. If you want to listen to Jon Barry’s brilliant hackneyed analysis, that’s your bag. I’d rather listen to Burke, I like her commentary.

    I expected thumbs down, god forbid we let women into prominent roles that they’re qualified for.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I understand the downward facing thumbs. To each their own I suppose. But hopefully we can all agree on one thing, Mike Tirico can call one hell of a game.

  4. eagles512 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Tirico is terrible in all sports. Sounds like a stuffed up frog, tries to get his own analysis in, and his excited voice is excruciating.

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