The 2008 Boston Celtics reunited without estranged Ray Allen this week. In classic Ray Allen fashion, he overtly took a jab at his former mates.
Ray Allen wasn’t invited to the 2008 Boston Celtics reunion that took place on TNT’s “Area 21” Monday night.. On hand were Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis.
During the segment, the members of the 2008 title-winning squad detailed the “sour breakup” that went down when Allen decided to leave Boston in free agency for the rival Miami Heat, who eliminated the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals a month prior.
Allen then went on to win another championship with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, while the Celtics lost in the first round, quickly declined and subsequently entered a rebuilding stage.
“The situation with Ray is very sensitive,” Garnett said on the broadcast. “I think that when we all talked about doing this reunion, we were talking about guys that we consider loyal, part of this group. Just being honest, my two cents, man, when Ray decided to go to the Heat, I feel like he moved on. He went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shoutout to him, and that’s it. … It was all Celtics invited to this.”
Tuesday morning, Allen responded with a not-so-subtle jab at his former teammates on his official Facebook page by posting a picture of himself (in a Heat uniform) fighting through defense from Rondo, with the caption: “The power to push limits.”
Ray Allen and most of his former Celtics teammates have been estranged since he made his decision. This latest event further validates the notion that there’s clearly still some animosity between the group.
Earlier in the season, Rondo, now with the Chicago Bulls, posted a picture praising his veteran teammates for their leadership during his time in Boston. In the picture: Rondo, Garnett and Pierce. However, Allen was nowhere in site or mention.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.
“I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down,” Pierce said Monday. ” … I just felt like we should have had a conversation and I think it would have settled over a little bit more. I don’t think we would have been as salty. Even though it was Miami, we hated them. We hated Miami, that was our rival, we were going at it, LeBron, all them. I just think if we had all talked about it, it would have been a little different than it is now.
“Now it’s uncomfortable. I haven’t talked to Ray in some years now. It’s different.”