The Boston Celtics are in the Windy City tonight to complete their home-and-home with the Chicago Bulls, and Rajon Rondo will be suited up and ready to . . . call the game!
As we all know by now, Rondo is not allowed to play in the second game of back-to-backs, and with tonight fitting the bill, Rondo is not available to play. However, the All-Star point guard is being allowed to join Mike Gorman for the first period as part of the CSN New England television broadcast of the game, before giving way to Cedric Maxwell, who will provide commentary for the remainder of the game.
If you were not planning on tuning into the game tonight because you just cannot stomach another Celtics loss, you should at least tune into the first quarter to see how Rondo does, and hear what he has to say.
Rondo is excited about the opportunity, and seems to be taking it seriously:
I’m practicing, I’m prepping. I just figured it’d be something to do with Mike and Tommy. I’ve known them since I’ve been here and they’ve always been generous to me. I just see it as a chance to do something different, have a little fun with Mike.
I sure hope he’s been practicing – I’ve had to endure far too many “special guest” analysts in my time watching professional sports, and it would be nice to not have my IQ lowered by listening to Rondo muddle his way through a live broadcast. He seems pretty intelligent, but I’ve seen a lot of intelligent people reduced to babbling messes once the cameras get turned on – let’s hope he’s prepared.
We should also hope that Rondo is prepared to filter his thoughts – it’s one thing when Maxwell or Gorman’s long-time partner Tommy Heinsohn are critical of Boston, but as head coach Brad Stevens pointed out, “I don’t know that that would be taken as well for a current player to be so critical.” Don’t throw your teammates, your coaches, or the front office under the bus, Rondo!
And by the way, Boston is hoping to earn a measure of revenge tonight following last night’s hard-fought 107-102 in Boston to the Bulls. Which is all well and good, but the highlight of tonight’s game will certainly be Rondo’s broadcast TV debut.
The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. Follow me on Twitter through the game @HoudiniCeltics – it should be interesting!