Rajon Rondo’s impressive display during the Boston Celtics’ victory over the Philadelphia 76ers was almost overshadowed by the fact that he was resuscitated by his teammate, Brandon Bass, partway through the encounter on Wednesday night.
Rondo notched up 8 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds during the match, but after he fell onto his back as he attempted to draw a foul he remained still on the court’s surface for several seconds.
Of course, he was only play-acting, but that didn’t stop his courageous fellow Celtic, Bass, from leaping into action and giving Rondo several chest compressions to put him back into action.
Bass’ quick thinking had the desired effect too because Rondo immediately leapt up and carried on playing. Just imagine the tragedy that would have unfolded if Bass hadn’t been there to intervene!
Despite this incident, the Celtics overcame the 76ers, beating them 114-108 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
You can check out a gif of Bass and Rondo’s performance below:
Bass probably learnt this skill at his most recent swimming class.
Last October, Bass admitted that he was joining the Boys & Girls Club of Boston in an attempt to learn how to swim. This was despite the fact that he is aged 28 and his fellow students were all 10-years-old.
Despite his athletic prowess, Bass never quite discovered how to master the water during his youth. But, after being inspired by his two young children, who love to swim but are never joined by their father because of his nautical inadequacies, Bass pledged to learn.
The 260 pound, 6foot 8inches tall basketballer admitted at the time, “If you threw me out in the ocean, I would drown. I’m nervous, because I don’t know how to float. I can’t tread water.”
Meanwhile, if Rondo wants to compensate Bass for his recent impromptu medical procedure then he could teach him the finer points of algebra. The Celtics’ star point guard showed off his math skills in November 2012, when he visited a Boston area high school to teach ninth graders the subject.
Rondo tweeted at the time:
Teaching freshman algebra with Ms. Oshodi at Burke high school this AM. Thx for having me pic.twitter.com/vNbD0Z3X
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) November 6, 2012
It turns out that he was quite the teacher too, because according to Kehinde Oshodi, whose class he oversaw, Rondo spent about 20 minutes discussing equations with her students. She declared, “I’d give him an A. He was putting me on the spot asking for more problems to solve. He was on point.”