This was just your average, run-of-the mill interview. I would have been entirely bored by it if I wasn’t impressed with Rajon; he handled a dumb question (“how has [Michael Jordan] really influenced you as a player over the years?”) like a champ. If I were Rajon I would have said, “Well, umm, I’m a 6’1″ pass-first point guard. Our games are literally nothing alike.” But Rondo handled it with grace. I was proud of his media savvy. Then came the inevitable Miami Heat question and Rondo saying, yet again, that he’s the NBA’s best point guard. Yawn.
The interview was about to put me to sleep when, out of nowhere, at the 2:38 mark, the reporter came out of left field with the question of the century: “Can I choke you now?”
Really, honey? What in the world is that all about? After Rajon awkwardly replied ”no” the reporter said she was kidding, but that’s some bizarre nonsense. What were the video editors thinking, leaving that clip in?
“Bob, our reporter just asked if she could choke out Rajon Rondo in the interview.”
“Sweet, leave it in there. That’s phenomenal TV.”
Here are some questions I’m surprised weren’t her follow-up:
- Can I drop-kick you in the face now?
- Can I pummel you to within an inch of your life with a baseball bat now?
- Can I fart on your neck now?
And my personal favorite:
- How has Wilt Chamberlain really influenced you as a player over the years?
P.S. – Yes, this is what counts for news nowadays. Can the season PLEASE start soon so I can write about basketball instead?
(h/t MrTrpleDouble10 for the interview)