Paul Pierce: Relationship with Ray Allen will eventually ‘smooth over’
They say time heals all wounds and it appears it might only be a short while before Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are friends again.
“I know eventually it’s gonna smooth over,” said Pierce in a recent interview via Boston.com. “We’ll all sit down one day, probably have a cigar, glass of wine and talk about it. Hopefully sometime in the near future. You know I’m hoping.”
The relationship between Allen, Pierce and the rest of the Celtics was fractured in 2012 when Allen left Boston to join LeBron James and his super team in Miami.
Allen helped bring the Celtics back to relevancy when he joined Garnett and Pierce in Boston in 2007 and went on to win the 2008 NBA championship.
“When you accomplish something special like that, man, you’re linked together for life,” said Pierce. “We’re gonna be known as the Big 3, the Boston Big 3. We’re gonna be linked forever.
“We’re gonna have a reunion, come to the floor in the Boston Garden, he’s gonna be there. We don’t want it to be awkward when that’s the first time we see him. I’m sure that now that I’m retired, Kevin’s retired, a lot of guys from that team’s retired, I’m sure we’ll come together and work through it.”
In early May, Pierce, Garnett, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo said Allen’s departure from the Celtics “felt like a sour breakup” on Garnett’s show KG’s Area 21. Despite the past hatred, positive thoughts came to mind when Pierce was shown a photo from Game 4 of the 2008 Finals.
“Man I just remember when I went up to him, my first thought was like, ‘Man, Ray pretty much saved the day for us,’” says Pierce. “I remember it was Game 4 for the comeback, he made some spectacular plays down the stretch, getting to the bucket. And it was just — I enjoy being able to be a part of that, and watching another great player come through when you needed it most. I was just so happy. That’s the kind of — when you put your arm around somebody like that, that’s like what you do to your son or your brother or a family member. That’s the type of hug you give him. That’s what it was.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog