There has been tension over the years among the 2008 Boston Celtics mostly centering around Ray Allen.
Allen left the Celtics to sign with the rival Miami Heat after the 2011-2012 season, which upset many of his former teammates. Kevin Garnett said at the time that he lost Allen’s phone number. KG still has hard feelings towards Allen over it.
Rajon Rondo is the other former Celtic who has had beef with Allen. Rondo said Allen wasn’t invited to the team’s 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2008 championship. Rondo also took a shot at Allen over the shooting guard’s book.
So why does Rondo hate Allen, aside from Ray leaving for Miami? According to former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, it’s because Rondo found out that Allen supported Boston trading Rondo for Chris Paul.
Perkins shared the story on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
“It was brought to the table, ‘what if we trade Rondo and get CP?’ And KG and Paul (Pierce) were like, ‘no, we ain’t doing that. As great as CP is, we just won the championship. We’re rocking with [Rondo].’ Ray was like, ‘nah, let’s do it.’ And what happened was Rondo ended up finding out about it, and that was it from there,” Perkins said.
“It was even to the point we brought boxing gloves to the gym and we made them box it out.”
Rondo and Allen remained teammates for a few more seasons even after that, but obviously tension continued, and Rondo still was holding a grudge towards Allen a decade later. This story from Perkins helps explain why.
The 2008 Boston Celtics were a special team, and Doc Rivers doesn’t like that some lingering hard feelings exist between the members. He’s hoping he can help decrease that.
Rivers, who is the head coach of the LA Clippers, said Saturday that he wants to help mend relationships between his former Celtics players.
“[Kevin Garnett] is getting his jersey retired next year, and I’m hoping everyone is there,” Rivers said Saturday, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I’ll make the right calls — that doesn’t mean the right things will happen.”
As Rivers said, just because he will make an effort to patch things up does not mean it will necessarily work.
Paul Pierce has already worked to repair things between some Boston players and Allen, who left the Celtics after five seasons to play for the rival Miami Heat in 2012. Boston and Miami were the top teams in the East, and Allen chose to play for the other side, which really upset his teammates. Guys like Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have held a grudge against Allen. In 2017, Pierce called on them to end that grudge.
It will probably take a lot for Rondo to let go of his grudge, so Rivers should hold reasonable expectations.
Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat nearly eight years ago, but some ill will from that decision may still remain.
Appearing this week on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Allen’s departure for the rival Heat in 2012 “will have some impact” on whether the team retires his No. 20 jersey.
“[I] no longer hold any grudge against Allen,” said Ainge, per Jenna Ciccotelli of Boston.com. “[But] that’s not the exact same feeling of everybody in the organization.
“We get along great,” Ainge added on his relationship with the retired guard. “I’m a big, big fan of Ray. I’ll always be grateful to Ray for the championship he gave us … These are not my decisions. So if someone asks my opinion on this, I’ll weigh in at the appropriate time. But this is [Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck]’s team and he gets to make those decisions.”
Allen was acquired by Boston the same offseason as Kevin Garnett, and they teamed with Paul Pierce to win the 2008 NBA championship. A central part of The Big Three in Boston, Allen helped the Celtics become a power in the East. But then he upset fans and his ex-teammates when he left for the rival Miami Heat after five seasons in Boston. A year later, Garnett and Pierce were traded to the Nets.
The 44-year-old Allen has done his part to break the ice with his former team in recent years, but on a greater organizational level, there may still be something of a gap to bridge, and we definitely know one player who would be upset about it.
Ray Allen seemed to have burned his bridge with the Boston Celtics when he left back in 2012, but apparently that wasn’t exactly the case.
In an interview this week on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” the Hall of Fame sharpshooter said that he considered returning to the Celtics in 2016 amid the possibility of the team landing Kevin Durant in free agency.
“I had a conversation with [Celtics GM Danny Ainge] and I told him this was my last-ditch effort. I would’ve went back,” said Allen. “This was when Kevin Durant was a free agent. He was thinking about going to Boston. And I said, ‘Hey, if you guys land Kevin, I would certainly look at lacing them back up one more time and try to make something good happen here in Boston.'”
Allen, who was 40 years old at the time, had not played since the 2013-14 season. Of course, Durant went to the Golden State Warriors instead that year, and the all-time three-point leader Allen never played in another NBA game.
While Allen still appears to have bad blood with some ex-Celtics teammates stemming from his departure for the rival Miami Heat, it sounds like the fences have since been mended between Allen and the organization itself.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is definitely exploring every possible avenue for improvement.
10-time All-Star sharpshooter Ray Allen participated in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game and stole the show with 24 points, including a number of baskets from beyond the specially-made four-point line. The vintage outing was enough for Bleacher Report to call for Allen to receive a 10-day contract.
Morey responded to the tweet by simply saying “We are in if he is in.”
Allen last played for the Miami Heat in the 2013-14 season and is now 43, which would make him the oldest player in the league if he were indeed to come out of retirement. That being said, he remains the NBA’s all-time three-point king and proved on Friday that he hasn’t lost his stroke one bit.
Morey’s proposition is still probably a longshot at best though, especially since Allen was already inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September. But the Rockets actually came close to signing Allen a few years ago, so it might not hurt to shoot their shot again.
Ray Allen may still be on the outs with some of his former Boston Celtics teammates, but the newly-minted Hall of Famer was still happy to pay tribute to that portion of his career during his induction speech Friday.
Allen has been repudiated by several of his ex-teammates for his decision to leave Boston to join the rival Miami Heat, but Allen simply decided to pay tribute to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, making note of their status as future Hall of Famers.
“In my 12th year, I paired up with a couple of Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett,” Allen said, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I’d end up on that stage.”
Allen has admitted that he doesn’t expect his induction to change much in his ongoing feud with his ex-teammates. While he’s fine with Pierce nowadays, Garnett and especially Rajon Rondo still don’t think all that much of him.
As Ray Allen prepares to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this month, there have been some questions about whether or not his former Boston Celtics teammates will cast their differences aside and be there to support the former sharpshooter. Allen clearly isn’t counting on it.
In a lengthy interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Allen was asked if he expects to speak with or hear from any of his ex-Celtics teammates about his enshrinement in Springfield. He was pretty blunt.
“No, I don’t expect to,” Allen told Charania.
Allen, of course, angered his former Celtics teammates when he chose to sign with the Miami Heat in 2012 rather than continuing to chase championships in Boston, where he helped win a title in 2008. He said he has since made amends with Paul Pierce but has not spoken with Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo or others.
“I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out,” Allen said. “So much was made about my decision, and they were upset with me because I left for Miami. But it will never change what went on between us in 2008.”
Allen was not among the former Celtics players present when the team retired Pierce’s No. 34 jersey earlier this year, though he later shared a lengthy statement explaining why things are fine between him and Pierce. Allen’s relationship with Rondo, however, is a much different story, and we got a sense of that with some of the things written in Allen’s book and the way Rondo reacted to them.
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.
Ray Allen posted a lengthy message on social media Tuesday addressing his time with the Celtics and relationship with Paul Pierce.
On Sunday, Pierce had his No. 34 jersey retired by the Celtics. Among those at TD Garden for the festivities were former teammates Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Antoine Walker. Doc Rivers was also there. Ray Allen was not, and that became a topic of discussion.
Allen spent part of his Sunday golfing with George Lopez across the country from Boston in Los Angeles. On Monday, Pierce did not appear to be disappointed with Allen’s absence.
On Tuesday, Allen posted a photo of himself and Pierce to his Instagram account. He also included a lengthy caption addressing his time with the Celtics and feelings toward Pierce.
What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
The source of animosity between Allen and his former Celtics teammates stemmed from his decision to leave them to join the Miami Heat. Rondo appears to still hold a grudge.
Garnett extended an olive branch to Allen, leaving it up to Allen to respond. He probably should respond more directly.
Whether he was invited or not, Ray Allen found something else to do on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement day.
Allen shared a photo on Instagram Sunday that showed him golfing with friends, including comedian George Lopez. Another member of Allen’s golfing foursome indicated on Instagram that they were playing on a course in Los Angeles, across the country from where Pierce’s retirement ceremony was taking place in Boston.
Allen has been on the outs with his 2008 Celtics teammates because he joined the rival Miami Heat in 2012. His absence Sunday is even more glaring because both Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were in attendance after not being expected to. Rondo even managed to get time away from the New Orleans Pelicans to make it to the festivities.
The question is whether Allen wasn’t welcome or simply chose not to attend. The latter may be more likely, as Pierce himself has urged his former teammates to let bygones be bygones.