Rajon Rondo, cameraman clash over post-Game 5 filming (VIDEO) (Ball Don’t Lie)
The Boston Celtics missed an opportunity to close out the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, dropping an 87-86 road affair that gives Atlanta the chance to knot their first-round series in Boston on Thursday night. Near misses like the one Boston had at Philips Arena tend to stick in a player’s craw, especially when the player singlehandedly got his flagging team back into the game and conjured a chance to win it out of thin air, only to see it end in a trap, a turnover and a loss , extending a series that player felt his team already had won .
So, yeah, Rajon Rondo — whom NBA fans know to be a quiet, reserved and occasionally volatile sort as it is — was a little bit salty when he spotted a cameraman filming him after Boston’s Tuesday night loss:
While waiting to take the podium for his postgame media session, Rondo noticed a cameraman filming his idle chatter. The point guard pointed at the cameraman (which, if I was the cameraman, would probably have me thinking, “Oh, crap”) before walking over to voice his displeasure.
“Listen — how many times I’mma tell you?” Rondo asks. “You are not filming me. I told you to quit filming. Do not film me. I’m not doing an interview right now. I just told you.”
The progression is simple — Emotional Dude fresh off a tough loss wants to have a couple of moments with some people close to him before he steps up to the podium and talks about not having his best performance and his team dropping a winnable playoff game; Emotional Dude sees a camera encroaching on those moments; Emotional Dude responds in an emotional fashion; Emotional Dude comes off looking like kind of a jerk, especially after “Inside the NBA” host Ernie Johnson tags the encounter with a terse “Whatever.”