Maybe it’s the fact that he’s one of the youngest players on a team of insane people. But whatever the reason, there’s a growing trend on Youtube of Rajon Rondo being interrupted in the middle of interviews by his teammates. It’s true. I submit that there is no player in the league who has been documented being interrupted more than Rajon Rondo, and challenge science to prove me wrong.
These interruptions, though they might seem disrespectful, are really the best possible result of a Rondo interview for all involved. Rondo himself always looks like he’s ten seconds from a nap attack as he’s forced to talk about “what he’s learned from playing alongside four Hall of Famers” again. But when he gets interrupted, he smiles despite himself, happy to have an excuse not to talk anymore. Just an ideal situation all around. On to the list.
Interview: Preseason with Mike Gorman
Interruption: Kevin Garnett
This video is basically your template for a Rondo interview interruption:
1) Rondo is sleepily murmuring his way through a bunch of questions about leadership and whatnot.
2) A hush falls over the interview…this thing is being interrupted.
3) KG or another stimulant enters, waking up everyone. Disorder ensues. The day is saved.
4) Rondo never finishes not answering the question.
Pretty simple formula. KG, as you might imagine, is a master practitioner of stealing the spotlight, which he does literally in this case.
Four more after the jump!
Interview: Media day with Mike Gorman
Interruption: Kevin Garnett
Because actually entering the room to interrupt Rondo had become too easy, KG derails this interview from across a wall with screaming alone. He probably conducts experiments each time Rondo sits down with Mike Gorman, testing distances and various wall thicknesses to see exactly how far away he can be and still stop the interview from happening. You can tell it’s Mike Gorman from the distinctive laugh at the end.
Interview: Postgame, after win over Bobcats
Interruption: The comedic stylings of Nate Robinson
There have almost certainly been hundreds of interviews interrupted by Nate Robinson doing impressions, but this is the only video evidence I can find. It’s definitely Nate, right? Of course it is.
Nate basically launches into the “crowd work” portion of his standup routine here, enthusiastically making fun of a reporter for sounding like a Southern plantation owner/rodeo clown. At one point Nate definitely says that Rondo’s hairline is looking “rugged.” Does anyone know what this means? Google is not helping.
Interview: Rondo trying to have a conversation with his moms
Interrupter: Andre Iguodala
This doesn’t really belong in the list because it’s not an interview or real. Still, pretty incredible that the guy can’t even finish a conversation in a fictional scenario.
Interview: During practice
Interruption: A basketball
The perfect Rondo interruption: Rondo starts to answer a question, and a basketball nails him in the head. Beautifully simple, sublimely not subtle.
A detailed explanation for how this ball arrived at Rondo’s dome is provided by Tony Gaffney’s face in the background: he looks up for a rebound, watches the ball carom hard off the front rim, then grimaces in anticipatory agony when he sees that it’s about to doink Rondo’s noggin and there’s nothing he can do. You should definitely pause the video at 13 seconds to see Gaffney’s expression. FINE I’LL DO IT.
Rondo tries to resume answering the question, then has a brief concussion, then regains consciousness and turns to yell at Gaffney and whoever took that shot. He’s just playing around…or so it seems. But where is Tony Gaffney today???