Ray Allen’s new autobiography included some unflattering anecdotes about Rajon Rondo, and the point guard is firing back.
In his upcoming book “From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love,” Allen alleged that the Boston Celtics were ready to trade Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, but that coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to foist Rondo on his close friend, New Orleans coach Monty Williams.
Allen also claimed Rondo told Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Allen himself that he had been the one to carry Boston to the 2008 title.
Rondo, when told of the stories, didn’t hold back about Allen.
“He just wants attention,” Rondo said, via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.
“Obviously that man is hurting. I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I can’t say the same for him. He’s looking for attention. I’m a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions.
“Certain [stuff] happens in my life, I man up. But he has a whole other agenda.”
Allen has had a very difficult relationship with his 2008 teammates, and even though he’s tried to smooth things over, it has never really happened. Things like this certainly don’t help.