Speaking his mind
Rondo doesn’t shy away from saying exactly what’s on his mind, and one memorable example was his halftime interview during Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. As it always is, refereeing was a major topic throughout the playoffs, and Rondo hit on it when he was asked by ESPN’s Doris Burke why the Celtics were able to score—to the tune of 61 first-half points—so well against the Heat’s vaunted defense.
“Them complaining and crying to referees in transition,” Rondo said.
After the game, Burke asked him if he expected repercussions from the NBA, which is hyper-sensitive to criticism of officials, for his comment, but he stood his ground. “What I said was true,” he said.
It was a stark contrast to the normal sideline interview fare of cliches and coach-speak, and was another example of Rondo’s unique style and individuality.