BOSTON (CBS) — Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo made his debut on the broadcast desk on Monday night, calling the first half of Boston’s loss to the Chicago Bulls.
On the night the Celtics were officially eliminated from playoff contention, Rondo served as Comcast SportsNet New England’s color commentator next to mainstay Mike Gorman, giving fans his insight and a few stories throughout the 24 minutes of basketball.
The C’s guard, who has sat out the second half of back-to-back games this season while recovering from ACL surgery, made it through the opening segment well, but said it took some time to get into the flow of the game.
Once he got going, Rondo said it was like any other night of watching the game he loves.
“It was just like talking, sitting in your living room, talking to a friend of yours, dissecting the game,” Rondo told ESPNBoston’s Chris Forseberg after the game.
WATCH: Rondo’s Debut On CSNNE
It was Rondo’s idea to do sit next to Gorman for a half of television play-by-play, and with his health situation this season offered the perfect opportunity.
“It’s just something I wanted to do. I did it for the fans, I did it for my team, it’s something different; not a lot of guys do it currently while playing,” said Rondo. “I thought it would be OK to give it a shot. Like I said, I wasn’t playing the back-to-back, and I was traveling with the team, so why not?”
Toucher & Rich on Rondo’s Broadcast Debut: