Rajon Rondo is organizing a reunion for the 2008 Celtics. But Ray Allen isn’t invited.
In an interview with The Undefeated, Rondo said he is planning a vacation with his former teammates to commemorate the championship run. But apparently, there was uniform opposition to Allen coming along.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” Rondo said.
Allen, who the Celtics acquired in June 2007 for a first-round pick, was an integral part of the Big Three with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. But his relationship with the organization soured, leading the future Hall of Famer to ink a three-year contract with the rival Heat in July 2012. Allen won a championship in Miami the following year.
Rondo said he felt betrayed when Allen went to the Heat.
“The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that,” he said. “It makes you question that series in the Finals … Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me. I called and reached out to a couple of other vets and asked them what they wanted to do with the situation. They told me to stick with what we got [without Allen].”
Pierce and Garnett have expressed similar sentiments about Allen in recent years. During a 2015 interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Pierce said he was never close with the three-point shooter, citing Allen’s reclusive personality as a barrier to their relationship. In 2014, Garnett admitted he hadn’t spoken with Allen since they were teammates.
Source: GreenStreet Blog