Me: “Have you got a moment for a few quick questions?”
Me: “So how’s the jumper?”
Thud. At that moment, I could actually see the proverbial door slam shut behind Rondo’s eyes. He formally responded to the question with a terse: “It’s fine.”
When I pressed him further by asking him if he’d been working on the jumper over the summer, he offered an expansive: “Yup.” When I followed up with an inquiry about how things were progressing with said jumper, he said, “Great,” and gave me a blank, unblinking stare.Henkin thought that one might have been his fault; after all, he led off his interview with a sore subject, Rondo's jumper. But how do you explain Rondo being gruff when asking about a headband?
Me: “These are kind of silly questions, but I’m doing a story on headbands.”
Rondo: “Uh huh.”
Me: “How come you wear them?”
Rondo: “I don’t know. Sometimes I wear them, sometimes I don’t. It all depends.”
Me: “Is it a good luck charm?”
Rondo: “No. Just another part of the uniform.”
Me: “Do you wear a different one every game?”
“No. Whatever the team gives us actually.”
Me: “Um….(desperately trying to think of any other questions that might salvage the effort, but none come to mind)…Thanks for your time.”Rajon Rondo, a man of few words. Unless, that is, he's telling Chris Paul all about his championship ring.