A year ago Friday, Rajon Rondo was readying for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia, a contest in which he would post a triple-double and dominate the deciding fourth quarter of a clinching Celtics victory.
A year later, this time far away from his team and Coach Doc, Rondo found himself sitting next to another Rivers. Joan Rivers. And they were talking fashion, naturally.
While the NBA playoffs raged elsewhere, Rondo joined the E! network's Fashion Police for a six-minute segment that began with Rivers asking the 6-foot-1 guard if basketball people refer to him as the "Gary Coleman of the NBA," because knowing nothing except that he was a hoops player she was expecting him to be more like 7-foot-9.
Rivers admitted beforehand that she'd never previously heard of Rondo, but their mutual love for fashion and trends helped facilitate an interview that an easygoing Rondo seemed to enjoy. It began not with an update on the player's recovery after tearing his ACL in late January, but rather with the folks from the network that makes sure we keep up with the Kardashians seizing the chance for some subtle cross-promotion when Rivers asked Rondo what he did to provoke a fight with Kim's ex-husband, the Nets' Kris Humphries, early last season. Rondo laughed at the cracks, but eventually brushed it aside -- "I don't have a problem with Kris Humphries" -- and the conversation moved on to the more pressing matters at hand.
They talked about Rondo's internship with GQ last summer, about his favorite designers, and about attending New York Fashion Week, which Rondo said he plans to do again soon. Then they talked about a particular piece of the point guard's wardrobe, and let their panel of fashion plates debate whether he should trash or stash one of his more controversial pieces of clothing.
The item in question was the jacket he wore to his press conference after the Celts lost Game 5 to the Hawks in 2012. In case you need a refresher:
Ultimately an audience vote decided that Rondo should get rid of the garment, and instead of shoot it into the trash barrel himself, he passed it off to co-host Giuliana Rancic and let her put it home. (Typical Rondo: always chasing assists and trying to pad his stats.)
The best comment of the discussion, though, came from Rivers -- no relation to Doc, by the way -- who looked at the jacket and added one of the Celtics' rivals to a hit list that included LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Julianne Moore, and several others over the course of the show.
"It's a little too old," she said. "It's mostly black, and not accomplishing anything. I'm surprised that it doesn't play for the Lakers."
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