Rajon Rondo’s job security as the Celtics point guard isn’t in question. But along with Comcast SportsNet, he’s come up with an interesting way to moonlight.
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.
This comes just a day after Grantland published a piece with an appeal for injured players to appear on broadcasts more often, a la Dirk Nowitzki’s entertaining catchphrase-making turns (scroll almost to the bottom). From Zach Lowe’s piece:
Memo to teams: Do this more often. It resulted in the epic Dirk Nowitzki moment below, and injured guys just seem more candid during the free-flowing TV broadcast.
Well, the Celtics listened. Rondo is available to join the broadcast because one of the current stipulations of his ongoing recovery from knee surgery is that he does not play back-to-back games.
The Celtics host the Bulls Sunday at TD Garden before flying to Chicago for the Monday rematch.
Celtics vice president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and former Celtic Chris Herren will serve as color analysts on CSNNE telecasts next month.
Ainge and Herren will join Gorman for away games against the Hawks (April 9) and Sixers (April 14). Herren will be the sole analyst when the Celtics travel to face the Cavaliers April 12.
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.