I don’t want to condone what Rondo did, but let’s recap: Rondo’s team just lost Game 5 by one point, giving the Atlanta Hawks life in the series. On the last play of the game, with a chance to win, Rondo had an isolation in the corner against Al Horford, who quite recently missed 58 straight games with a torn pectoral muscle. Rather than accelerate past Horford and become the hero, Rondo inadvertently lost the ball and thus the game.
While he was waiting for his press conference to discuss the loss — and his part in it (remember, Rondo also didn’t wake up in this one until late in the fourth quarter) — Rondo stood with his family outside the media room, probably just wanting a quiet moment. A cameraman, likely just following orders from his boss (read: none of this was the cameraman’s fault), wanted to get footage of Rondo speaking with his family. The footage didn’t seem entirely necessary since nothing at all was happening. Rondo had apparently already asked the cameraman to stop, preferably with less aggression and more “please.”
Again, I’m not saying Rondo should have reacted this way. The cameraman was just doing his job. Even if Rondo wanted him to stop, he could have (and should have) been a hell of a lot nicer. But when somebody screws up during a nationally-televised game and kicks a potential series-clincher away, I assume one of the last things he wants is to have a calm moment with his family recorded for the world to see. After every defeat, these players have 30 microphones shoved in their faces and are asked to explain why they lost. It’s the price of fame and they’re rewarded quite handsomely for playing a game, I know. I get that. But sometimes, especially after committing a turnover that effectively lost Boston the game and its first chance to move onto round two, being so followed by the media sucks.
P.S. — I’m not saying Rondo’s jacket was horrible, but if Craig Sager saw it in his closet he would light a match and burn it to the ground.
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